TAMPA CITY COUNCIL
Thursday, June 16, 2011
9:00 a.m. work session
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09:03:04 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Tampa City Council is called to
09:03:05 The chair yield to the honorable Harry Cohen.
09:03:08 >>MIKE COHEN: It's my pleasure to welcome Richard Rabbi
09:03:14 You may remember that he gave us some word of wisdom at
09:03:17 our swearing-in so please rise.
09:03:20 Following that, the pledge of allegiance.
09:03:22 >> Let us pray.
09:03:24 Our God, we live in a world of uncertainty, turmoil,
09:03:27 and violence.
09:03:29 In our attempt to control these, remember that we look
09:03:32 for answers in quick fixes.
09:03:35 Unfortunately, easy answers exact a high price.
09:03:39 Too often they lead to prejudice and discrimination as
09:03:43 we blame others for our problems.
09:03:47 Help us to realize, O God, that a far better way to
09:03:50 influence our world for the better is to take
09:03:53 responsibility for our actions and to see our tasks as
09:03:56 opportunities instead of obstacles.
09:04:00 May our zoning issues leave room to build compassion.
09:04:04 May our budgeting account for human error.
09:04:08 May our selection process place fairness at the top of
09:04:13 And may our ordinances reflect the belief that people
09:04:20 come before principle and that other people's opinions
09:04:25 Bless this City Council, O God, and all who work with
09:04:30 Give them the courage of their convictions and the
09:04:34 humility to know that doing your will is their most
09:04:37 pressing agenda.
09:04:39 [ Pledge of Allegiance ]
09:05:05 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Present.
09:05:06 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.
09:05:09 >>MIKE COHEN: Here.
09:05:09 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Here.
09:05:10 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
09:05:16 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: We do have one ceremonial activity,
09:05:19 presentation of the police Officer of the Month.
09:05:20 That would be Mr. Frank Reddick.
09:05:31 Good morning, Mr. Chairman, members of council.
09:05:33 It is my privilege and honor to recognize our officer
09:05:36 of month, and it is sergeant mark Delaige.
09:05:44 >> Thank you, on behalf of Chief Castor and what I
09:05:53 believe now is on behalf of Sergeant Mark Delaige, I
09:06:00 will be happy to accept his award for Officer of the
09:06:03 Month which we rarely give to a sergeant.
09:06:06 I can tell you sergeant Delaige was announced by Chief
09:06:11 Castor, recognized him for his attention to duty, and
09:06:16 council's ability to keep our budget strong for public
09:06:21 Sergeant Delaige does his best job to keep the slots
09:06:27 that the taxpayers are paying for full so we can
09:06:30 provide the safety, council and the chief desire on the
09:06:33 street of Tampa.
09:06:34 And he also is very active in supporting officers
09:06:38 during their stressful times, the loss of our officers,
09:06:42 sergeant Delaige is instrumental in bringing the teams
09:06:45 into the field, to the stress debriefing programs for
09:06:49 the officers, not only in the City of Tampa but in the
09:06:52 region, and sometimes statewide.
09:06:54 So again, on behalf of Chief Castor and sergeant Mark
09:06:59 Delaige I happily accept his award.
09:07:01 Thank you, council.
09:07:02 >> Thank you, chief.
09:07:06 I present this to you.
09:07:08 >> Tampa PBA, a $100 gift card.
09:07:20 >> Bill Foster from Straz Center for the public arts,
09:07:27 couple of tickets.
09:07:28 >> Good morning.
09:07:32 Steve Stickley representing Stepp's towing service.
09:07:35 On behalf of Jim and Judy, Todd Stepp, we would like to
09:07:38 present this statute.
09:07:39 We changed it up a little bit for Paul, and also a gift
09:07:44 And I'm kind of disappointed he's not here but that's
09:07:49 I understand the work he does with the critical
09:07:52 incident management team, and I respect that.
09:07:55 My wife is also a member of that team.
09:07:57 And I appreciate the stuff he does for us.
09:08:05 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you all very much.
09:08:06 We really appreciate it.
09:08:10 [ Applause ]
09:08:11 I need a motion to council by to open the workshop item
09:08:14 number 2.
09:08:17 Mrs. Mulhern, second by Mr. Cohen.
09:08:20 The Ayes have it unanimously.
09:08:21 I'm honored this morning to introduce an individual who
09:08:24 really, really, really needs no introduction.
09:08:27 In fact, him and I worked together when we were both
09:08:31 The honorable Mayor Bob Buckhorn is with us this
09:08:34 morning and he would like to be say a few word.
09:08:37 >> Mayor Buckhorn: You are correct.
09:08:40 You and I spent a lot of time up there at that dais,
09:08:43 and I am ever thankful for your tutelage.
09:08:47 Council members, this is the first time that I have
09:08:49 been here since I was sworn in, and I want to tell you
09:08:53 right up front that I appreciate our relationship.
09:08:56 I think it is a new relationship and it's a fresh
09:09:01 I am proud to be your partners, and I hope you feel the
09:09:03 same way.
09:09:04 I think we are off to a good start.
09:09:06 I think there is an awful lot of optimism out there for
09:09:08 this community and what this community could be, and I
09:09:11 thank you for your willingness to take on some tough
09:09:14 issues and to help us get through this.
09:09:16 I am here today because of a tough issue.
09:09:19 I'm here today because of the importance of this issue
09:09:22 to me and ton this community.
09:09:25 And I want to thank you for the diligence and the
09:09:27 effort that you have put into this.
09:09:30 Particularly council member Cohen, thank you for
09:09:32 working to find a compromise.
09:09:35 I have made my position clear on this.
09:09:37 I would prefer a seven-day ban but I also understand
09:09:40 that there are others who have different opinions, and
09:09:44 I respect that because I know they are heartfelt, I
09:09:46 know they are genuine, and I know that they are based
09:09:48 on compassion and a recognition of a very, very complex
09:09:54 But I do believe that today is a time for moving nap
09:09:58 different direction.
09:10:00 I am willing to look at all kind of options.
09:10:05 Some I prefer more than others.
09:10:07 But I hope out of this workshop today that we will set
09:10:09 down a course for action.
09:10:11 This is a complicated problem.
09:10:13 We all understand that.
09:10:14 There is no single solution.
09:10:17 It needs to be comprehensive.
09:10:18 It needs to be holistic.
09:10:21 It needs to recognize that panhandling is symptomatic
09:10:23 of a much larger problem.
09:10:25 But panhandling has to stop.
09:10:27 It's that simple.
09:10:28 And so whatever compromise you end up with, something
09:10:32 is better than nothing.
09:10:34 And so I would urge you to move out of this workshop
09:10:36 today with a course of action.
09:10:40 I will be there to support you.
09:10:41 I also will support you as we look at a more
09:10:45 comprehensive plan to deal with homelessness, even
09:10:48 though the City of Tampa doesn't do social services, we
09:10:51 have a pulpit, we have a moral obligation, and I think
09:10:55 there are things that we can do to be helpful to
09:10:57 resolve this.
09:10:58 But the beginning of this starts today, and the end of
09:11:02 the situation as we currently know it starts today.
09:11:05 And so I urge you, as strongly as I possibly can, to
09:11:11 let's move out of this workshop, let get a course,
09:11:15 let's stick to that course, and let's start moving on
09:11:19 dealing with this issue in a more holistic fashion.
09:11:22 But thank you.
09:11:23 Our staff is here to talk to you.
09:11:24 We have put a lot of work into this.
09:11:26 We appreciate your efforts working with us.
09:11:29 But we are ready to move forward and hope you are as
09:11:33 So thanks, everybody.
09:11:35 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thanks, Mr. Mayor.
09:11:36 We appreciate it.
09:11:37 Any comment by council members?
09:11:38 Thank you very much.
09:11:39 We appreciate your visit.
09:11:41 And wish to see you here more often.
09:11:44 Yes, sir.
09:11:45 This is going to start this workshop.
09:11:47 And after the workshop is concluded by staff and City
09:11:50 Council members, we'll have 30 minutes input from the
09:11:53 general public.
09:11:55 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Good morning.
09:11:55 Jim Shimberg, city attorney.
09:11:57 Here with the workshop if you look at the agenda there
09:12:06 are five items listed in this agenda.
09:12:09 I'm thinking one way to approach the issue might be for
09:12:12 us to deal with number 1, 2 and 3, and then you could
09:12:18 have some public comment, and then 4 and 5 are really
09:12:20 more council discussion items.
09:12:22 So what I would propose, Ms. Kert from our staff is
09:12:31 really the expert on this, speak to you a little about
09:12:33 what the other jurisdictions are saying, what the first
09:12:36 amendment law is.
09:12:36 The second item which the bill that senator Latvala
09:12:41 could not pass so that really doesn't need to be
09:12:43 The third item is police department, Chief Bennett can
09:12:47 speak briefly, and then hear some public comment and
09:12:51 get into discussion if that's the pleasure.
09:12:53 That would be our recommendation.
09:12:55 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: That's fine.
09:12:56 >>REBECCA KERT: Legal department.
09:13:02 I want to start by providing a little bit of context to
09:13:06 this complex issue that you are continuing to deal
09:13:09 First I wanted to just summarize the ordinances that
09:13:14 City Council currently has on the books.
09:13:16 The first one you have on the books which deals with
09:13:18 street solicitation prohibits street solicitation
09:13:22 except in limited circumstances.
09:13:24 Street solicitation is any involvement with a
09:13:28 pedestrian and an exchange with a motor vehicle when
09:13:31 that motor vehicle is in a travel lane.
09:13:33 The purpose behind the regulations on street sis
09:13:37 slayings is public safety.
09:13:39 The street solicitation, as I said, is a general
09:13:42 prohibition but is allowed during daylight hours, if
09:13:46 someone is over 18 years old in, a brightly colored
09:13:48 vest and certain limitations designed to make that
09:13:50 activity as safe as possible.
09:13:52 The other regulation that you currently have on your
09:13:54 book is a ban on aggressive solicitation. The
09:14:01 difference between the aggressive and street
09:14:03 solicitation is that your aggressive is a ban on
09:14:09 aggressive solicitation anywhere at any time.
09:14:11 It could be pedestrian to pedestrian.
09:14:12 It does in and out have to involve a pedestrian and a
09:14:15 And the purpose of the aggressive solicitation is to
09:14:18 make sure the people on the streets and sidewalks and
09:14:20 on private property are free from harassment and
09:14:23 I realize that this area is very difficult to regulate,
09:14:28 and in fact it should be very difficult to regulate in,
09:14:30 and let me try to explain why.
09:14:33 Since our country began actually even before that, the
09:14:36 sidewalks and the streets in our nation were where
09:14:39 people went to express their views.
09:14:41 It was cheap.
09:14:42 It was free.
09:14:43 And it may not make as much sense to us today in the
09:14:46 digital age when there's e-mails and text messages and
09:14:50 mass ways to connect with people immediately.
09:14:53 But from the beginning of our country's history, this
09:14:55 is the area which the are the quintessential forum,
09:15:00 place, where people go to express their views.
09:15:03 Therefore, any regulation that you or any other local
09:15:06 government puts on their streets and sidewalks are
09:15:11 strictly scrutinized by the court.
09:15:13 That does not mean that you cannot regulate in this
09:15:15 What the courts have said is if you have a contact
09:15:18 neutral regulation that advances a substantial
09:15:21 government interest, and that your regulation is
09:15:24 narrowly tailored to advance that interest, and that
09:15:27 people still have alternative avenues to communicate
09:15:29 their speech, they will uphold that.
09:15:31 And I would like to go into just a little bit more
09:15:34 detail because I want you to bear this test in mind
09:15:39 with whatever path City Council decides to take at the
09:15:41 end of the day.
09:15:42 This is how the court is going to review whatever
09:15:45 policy decision you make.
09:15:46 First of all it should be contact -- content neutral,
09:15:49 which means whatever regulation you are advancing does
09:15:52 not prefer one group's speech or one person's message
09:15:55 over another.
09:15:56 The second one is that there's a significant government
09:16:02 In the area of street solicitation which is in fact the
09:16:04 subject of your workshop today -- and again that is
09:16:07 merely an exchange between a pedestrian and a motor
09:16:10 vehicle, when that motor vehicle is in a travel lane.
09:16:13 But Tampa significant government interest there is
09:16:17 fairly obvious, and that's public safety.
09:16:19 And the courts have said that it did not require an
09:16:25 intellect to realize that subpoena inherently
09:16:28 dangerous, and that's not my words, that's what the
09:16:30 courts have said, and the other terms they use, that
09:16:33 it's common sense that there is some sort of danger
09:16:35 involved when you have pedestrians trying to have some
09:16:38 sort of exchange with motor vehicles that are not
09:16:43 lawfully parked.
09:16:44 The third problem you have to pay attention to is
09:16:47 whatever path you take is narrowly tailored to advance
09:16:50 your significant interest in public safety.
09:16:52 And narrowly tailored does not mean it is the only way
09:16:56 to address this problem.
09:16:57 It doesn't even mean it's the least restrictive means
09:17:00 to address this problem.
09:17:02 But what it does mean is that whatever policy decision
09:17:04 you make is based upon factual evidence, and that more
09:17:11 over that it makes sense, that at the end of the day,
09:17:14 whatever policy choice you make actually directly
09:17:18 advances your interest in public safety.
09:17:20 And let me give you an example of Wan the court found
09:17:24 in the past that the state had taken in this area,
09:17:26 actually did not advance their goal of public safety.
09:17:30 At one time the state had a law that prohibited
09:17:33 commercial speech when it involved a pedestrian and a
09:17:37 motor vehicle, and it did not prohibit non-commercial
09:17:40 At some level that makes sense, because the
09:17:42 non-commercial speech, political speech is really at
09:17:45 the core of our foundation of the first amendment
09:17:48 What the court said is if your significant government
09:17:51 interest is in fact public safety, then it doesn't make
09:17:56 any sense to distinguish between a commercial speaker
09:17:58 and a non-commercial speaker.
09:17:59 They are both equally safe or unsafe, and that is
09:18:02 something to bear in the back of your mind when making
09:18:04 a decision.
09:18:04 And the final prong that the court will review again is
09:18:07 that whatever policy decision you make cannot
09:18:11 foreclosure all avenues that people have to solicit or
09:18:14 to share their speech with other and the court says you
09:18:21 have to leave opal tern tiff avenues of communication.
09:18:24 In this case, there hasn't been a conversation about
09:18:27 stopping all solicitation in all places in the city.
09:18:29 The conversation has been merely directed at speech
09:18:33 involving, again, pedestrians and motor vehicles, and,
09:18:36 therefore, the courts have found that that does leave
09:18:38 open ample alternative avenues for people to continue
09:18:43 on with their speech.
09:18:46 I did want to go -- some of the examples that I
09:18:50 provided to you in your handout of how some of the
09:18:52 other local governments in the area have tried to
09:18:56 address this.
09:18:58 One of the things that you had asked about was reported
09:19:00 out, the Senate bill that had been pending when you set
09:19:03 this workshop.
09:19:05 That did not actually end up passing.
09:19:07 What that bill did attempt to do was to revive a
09:19:11 current state statute on the books to allow local
09:19:13 governments to do a permit system.
09:19:15 There's currently a law on the books that does allow
09:19:19 local governments to do a permit system but requires
09:19:22 local governments to exempt out charitable originals.
09:19:25 That law has was declared unconstitutional many, many
09:19:30 years ago because was content based because it exempted
09:19:33 out one group's speech over the other and also wasn't
09:19:36 narrowly tailored, that it didn't make any sense if
09:19:38 your goal is public safety to single out charitable
09:19:44 That Senate bill as I said did not pass so we still
09:19:46 have difficulty with lacking any sort of permitting
09:19:49 system and we would either be in conflict with the
09:19:51 state law or the federal Constitution.
09:19:54 Hillsborough County, as I'm sure you are aware, has
09:19:57 recently amended what has been a long-standing
09:20:02 prohibition of solicitation in the right-of-way that
09:20:05 they have had on their books.
09:20:06 Hillsborough County, since the early 1990s, has
09:20:09 prohibited any sort of solicitation interaction between
09:20:13 motor vehicles and pedestrians on county roads.
09:20:16 Earlier this year, Hillsborough County amended that to
09:20:20 expand that to include state roads, state lands, as
09:20:24 well as local and city roads.
09:20:27 The earlier version of that ordinance was upheld in
09:20:29 1995 in the middle district of Florida.
09:20:31 The court found it was content neutral, it advanced a
09:20:34 very clear common sense significant government interest
09:20:38 of public safety.
09:20:39 It was narrowly tailored to that and left open
09:20:41 alternative avenues of communication.
09:20:46 Since that, this model has already been upheld.
09:20:50 We do believe that hit legally defensible.
09:20:53 The other model that happened within the last year or
09:20:55 so was St. Pete.
09:20:57 St. Pete did something very similar to what
09:20:59 Hillsborough County did.
09:21:00 However, they limited their prohibition to interstate,
09:21:06 state interstate land, land, arterial and collector
09:21:11 roads, and they did that on the basis they looked at
09:21:14 their numbers, heard from their transportation expert
09:21:18 and determines those were congested roads and not just
09:21:20 from purposes of traffic counts but just overall those
09:21:23 were the most intense traffic areas where they were
09:21:26 most likely to have accidents and found that the most
09:21:29 narrowly tailored approach for their jurisdiction was
09:21:32 to limit just on those major roads.
09:21:36 That was actually challenged in again middle district
09:21:39 of Florida.
09:21:40 It was a request for preliminary injunction.
09:21:46 That was denied.
09:21:47 The plaintiff in that case dropped that lawsuit.
09:21:48 Although it was never finally resolved on the merits,
09:21:51 it has been preliminarily upheld.
09:21:54 The next example that I have is Pasco County.
09:21:57 Pasco County has not actually enacted the draft that I
09:22:01 provided to you.
09:22:02 They will be looking at that towards the end of July.
09:22:05 But they have advised their county attorney to go forth
09:22:11 and schedule that hearing.
09:22:12 Pasco County also has a ban on solicitation in the
09:22:14 right-of-way, again any sort of exchange between a
09:22:17 pedestrian and a motor vehicle, and they apply that
09:22:21 similar to St. Pete on the state roads, arterials,
09:22:24 collectors, and also include intersections even with
09:22:27 local road.
09:22:28 The one thing that Pasco County did do is they did
09:22:31 provide an exemption for Sundays.
09:22:35 They did that based upon the information that was
09:22:38 presented at that hearing, and they still have another
09:22:46 public hearing but decided there Watts was enough
09:22:50 factual evidence in the record to justify a Sunday
09:22:54 Pasco's approach has not been enacted.
09:22:56 Therefore it has not been challenged.
09:22:58 I have not been able to find anything similar to that,
09:23:02 but has actually been challenged and either upheld or
09:23:05 That doesn't mean this approach is not legally
09:23:08 But, again, if it's going to be legally defensible in
09:23:11 the City of Tampa, you need to remember the test that I
09:23:16 told you about and make sure that this approach in the
09:23:20 City of Tampa is also directly furthering the interest
09:23:22 and public safety.
09:23:24 I'm available for any questions.
09:23:27 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any questions by council members at
09:23:29 this time?
09:23:30 Thank you.
09:23:31 Chief in
09:23:33 >> John Bennett, assistant chief of operations.
09:23:42 As mentioned earlier in the workshop, we have been
09:23:45 before council before talking about a very important
09:23:47 issue, also a tough issue as well.
09:23:49 Just to make a generalized statement, the officers in
09:23:52 the field, they look for tools in their tool kit to
09:23:54 make decisions every day.
09:23:56 Those tools come in the way of laws and ordinances, and
09:23:59 to give you a little bit of data, we work heavily on
09:24:02 data-driven decisions in the police department, and
09:24:04 that's kind of the crux of our business plan is to look
09:24:07 at data and wrap our enforcement strategy around data.
09:24:10 So I thought I would share with you a little bit of
09:24:12 data this morning as we created a signal to capture
09:24:15 some of these calls for service probably since late
09:24:19 fall of 2010, and I can share with you what's going on
09:24:22 in the street, and numerically from January through May
09:24:25 of 20711.
09:24:26 We are probably averaging close to three calls for
09:24:29 service a day for some kind of solicitation issue as it
09:24:35 pertains to the right-of-way.
09:24:37 Out of those calls for service, we are averaging about
09:24:39 one arrest inside those three with what's currently
09:24:42 available to the officers.
09:24:47 I can also put something on the overhead to kind of
09:24:51 give you -- the very top of the map is New Tampa.
09:24:57 And the different colors of the dots represent what
09:24:59 month they were called in to show it's pretty much
09:25:05 calls that happen every month through January, through
09:25:07 May of this year.
09:25:08 And as you work your way from the north to the top of
09:25:11 the map, you can see the next section which we call
09:25:14 sector C, the north end of Tampa, Busch Boulevard,
09:25:17 Fowler Avenue, the more dense -- I want to shop sprawl
09:25:21 and density.
09:25:22 As you see the density along the major corridors, the
09:25:25 interstate, Nebraska, Florida, as you go towards the
09:25:28 south, the east-west which is the right to left road in
09:25:31 the center is Hillsborough.
09:25:32 As you work your way down to downtown you can see the
09:25:35 cluster down in this area.
09:25:37 And as I push it up you can see down in the peninsula
09:25:41 and South Tampa the -- these are the calls for service
09:25:44 that are averaging about three a day since the
09:25:46 beginning of the year.
09:25:55 With that we mapped out the calls for service or
09:25:59 As you can see they generally pick up in the same area,
09:26:02 got lighter in the arrest cat in New Tampa but in north
09:26:05 Tampa, Hillsborough Avenue as you go down the main
09:26:08 corridors to the south, and as you push towards doubt
09:26:10 and South Tampa, and the Westshore area, and these
09:26:14 arrests, they varied.
09:26:16 They are part of the violation of the ordinance that's
09:26:18 in place that allows solicitation in the right-of-way,
09:26:20 but somehow they violated part of that ordinance, or it
09:26:23 could be for aggressiveness in the right-of-way.
09:26:26 I also selected a few calls for service, just to point
09:26:32 out some of the comments in each sector.
09:26:34 This one came in on March 22nd, and this would be in
09:26:37 the north end of the peninsula in district 1, basically
09:26:41 in the Westshore area, actually Himes and Hillsborough.
09:26:44 White female, white male sitting on the curb, when cars
09:26:48 approach they get up to ask money.
09:26:50 Complainant says they jump out into traffic and they
09:26:52 don't see them coming, present itself a danger.
09:26:56 We have solicitation based on fraud.
09:26:58 This one happened sadly on the 2nd of February
09:27:02 right after the family, the mother is accused of
09:27:05 murdering her two children in the military family.
09:27:09 Three black males, orange vests saying they were
09:27:11 collecting money for the Schenecker family, there were
09:27:17 no fund-raisers at this time.
09:27:19 That's all in district one.
09:27:21 I can go on and on but I won't unless you want me to.
09:27:24 I can give an example of the call for service
09:27:26 throughout the entire city that has those kind of
09:27:29 comment that the office -- officers are responding to.
09:27:32 In discussion with the sheriff's office, I would point
09:27:34 out that part of what's been discussed in legal aspect,
09:27:39 there is a disparate, and that causes enforcement
09:27:41 strategy differences between the city and the county.
09:27:44 The county just went ahead and included state roads in
09:27:48 their ban, and that didn't create a surge in their
09:27:52 activity because they were using something different
09:27:54 with the Florida Department of Transportation in their
09:27:57 So by adding state roads they really didn't see a surge
09:28:00 in their enforcement strategy.
09:28:02 Just their county ordinance replace wad they were using
09:28:05 in state law.
09:28:05 So, in essence, we have a difference of the way we
09:28:10 operate inside the city as compared to the county.
09:28:12 And with that, I will open it up for any questions as
09:28:16 it relates to risk.
09:28:21 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Reddick.
09:28:22 >>FRANK REDDICK: Chief, thank you for coming and thank
09:28:25 you for sharing that information.
09:28:27 But I want to ask you a couple of questions.
09:28:28 >> Sure.
09:28:30 >>FRANK REDDICK: One, if you look at the call for
09:28:32 services that you receive for those that complain about
09:28:35 panhandlers, and if you compare those calls for
09:28:39 services versus the calls that you receive for someone
09:28:43 about a robbery in place or burglary taking place,
09:28:46 which one would be most substantial?
09:28:49 >> As far as crimewise?
09:28:52 Robbery or burglary we are going to respond to. Our
09:28:55 priority system, that's what we are going to take
09:28:57 >>FRANK REDDICK: And the second question I have, how
09:29:00 many people -- do you have data on the number of
09:29:05 panhandlers that have died in 2010 on the street
09:29:14 >> In the city, no.
09:29:15 I'm aware of one in the county that was hit by a
09:29:20 Colonel brown shared that experience with me.
09:29:22 I believe it was on the west side of the county.
09:29:24 He was hit by a vehicle.
09:29:26 And I don't know if it was just general solicitation or
09:29:31 they were selling something, but I'm aware of one.
09:29:33 >>FRANK REDDICK: And let me just finish with this.
09:29:41 Will it be more accurate, or would we agree that there
09:29:46 are more significant problems involving crime in the
09:29:51 city than those people who solicit on the street
09:29:56 >> I think the concern really comes in each day.
09:29:59 You know, when we look at a day, before handling three
09:30:02 calls for service, the community is calling in about
09:30:05 And we have to respond.
09:30:07 And we also have the danger of engaging in that
09:30:09 scenario in the middle of street, which isn't safe for
09:30:11 the officer or the solicitor.
09:30:13 So anything that takes place in the right-of-way is a
09:30:17 It been our opinion all along that the streets are
09:30:20 marked and designed for crossing or walking along but
09:30:23 not to operate within.
09:30:25 There's a lot of rules and regulations that go with
09:30:28 construction workers to operate.
09:30:30 They have safety equipment.
09:30:32 They barricade the roads off.
09:30:33 They do all those kind of things.
09:30:35 So to put our officer in the middle of the intersection
09:30:38 along with somebody who is soliciting and they are
09:30:41 statically in that intersection creates a danger, we
09:30:44 are going to respond.
09:30:45 How that parleys into a day's call of service it just
09:30:49 depends on the priority of that nature but we say it's
09:30:51 inherently dangerous to be in the intersection
09:30:55 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
09:30:57 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Mulhern, then Mr. Suarez.
09:31:01 >>MARY MULHERN: I want to comment on Councilman
09:31:03 Reddick's question because I know I heard the reports
09:31:06 from the county's task force, and that one individual
09:31:08 that died was inebriated, right?
09:31:12 Had a high alcohol content.
09:31:16 >> It's my understanding there could have been some
09:31:17 alcohol involved.
09:31:18 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Chief, obviously we are looking at
09:31:23 changing this in some way.
09:31:25 Do you think, based on your experience, based on what
09:31:29 you know now, that doing a different type of ordinance
09:31:33 will increase your workload in or do you think it going
09:31:36 to be about the same but you are just going to have a
09:31:38 different way of actually treating it in.
09:31:41 >>> I believe if you look for the calls for service
09:31:44 approach, 500 in five months, the response to service
09:31:48 versus the tool kit for the officers to use is really
09:31:50 the only disparity.
09:31:52 We are still spending the energy right now.
09:31:54 I think if the ordinance was changed it would reduce
09:31:56 the workload because we would change what's going on in
09:31:59 the field, and there would be less calls for service
09:32:01 across a span of a week time.
09:32:04 But any portion of reducing risk to public safety, we
09:32:08 think is welcome and it would reduce our workload and
09:32:11 allow us to focus our attention on the things that
09:32:13 Councilman Reddick mentioned which are the more serious
09:32:16 offenses in the city.
09:32:20 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any other questions by council
09:32:24 Ms. Capin.
09:32:27 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Do you have a breakdown of what the
09:32:29 cost is for an arrest?
09:32:30 Could you tell us what that is?
09:32:32 >> Well, we do have a cost recovery program in the city
09:32:35 on a misdemeanor.
09:32:36 It pretty outdated but I'll say it's about $75 for cost
09:32:40 recovery on investigation.
09:32:41 We rarely are able to collect those moneys.
09:32:44 It has to go through the court.
09:32:46 And I don't think that's even close to the time of the
09:32:49 officer, the jail system, and of course the court
09:32:52 system to process all of that.
09:32:53 So I would have to say that number that's based on Wan
09:32:56 we put on our affidavits is outdated.
09:32:58 But it could be refreshed, uniquely for this
09:33:01 circumstance, but not right now.
09:33:05 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
09:33:08 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen?
09:33:15 >>MIKE COHEN: Chief Castor said that she wanted this
09:33:18 panhandling stopped.
09:33:19 Can you just tell us very briefly, from your
09:33:24 perspective, what are the things that makes it so
09:33:29 difficult for the police to deal with in the community
09:33:31 as they go about their daily business?
09:33:34 >> Well, first and foremost it's the interaction in
09:33:37 that environment.
09:33:39 I'll start with environmental.
09:33:39 If you go into a major intersection and you can pick
09:33:42 any one of them, there's obviously numerous ones,
09:33:46 whether it's Kennedy and Dale Mabry or all the way up
09:33:48 to New Tampa, Amber Lee, Bruce B. Downs, you have to
09:33:52 engage somebody in the middle of the intersection.
09:33:54 It hard enough to do that when your lights are on in a
09:33:57 traffic stop.
09:33:57 Now you have to exit your vehicle, get out and engage
09:34:00 somebody in the middle of the intersection unless you
09:34:01 can summon them to the side.
09:34:03 Sometimes you can and sometimes you can't.
09:34:05 So it's inherently dangerous for the officer, and for
09:34:09 the solicitor who is taking the risk to solicit in the
09:34:12 That's part one.
09:34:13 The second part, as I mentioned earlier 12:fact we are
09:34:16 responding close to three calls a day city-wide on
09:34:19 solicitation coming from the community.
09:34:20 That's not self-initiated work by the police officer
09:34:24 saying, I see something, let me do this.
09:34:27 These are numbers that are being taken through the
09:34:29 calls for service system in dispatch.
09:34:32 So if we are responding to three calls a day, our goal
09:34:35 is to reduce crime, and of course improve the quality
09:34:38 of life, part of our challenge is those three calls a
09:34:40 day are taking us away from some of the other
09:34:43 self-initiated activity and the response activities
09:34:46 that can be controlled and/or eliminated in this public
09:34:49 safety environment.
09:34:50 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Chief, this may be for you or may
09:34:57 be for Ms. Kert.
09:34:59 In communities where there is a ban in place, to your
09:35:04 knowledge, or Ms. Kert, to your knowledge, has there
09:35:08 been a surge in the number of arrests or surge in the
09:35:12 number of calls for service?
09:35:13 Or has there been a decrease in either of those?
09:35:17 >>> From the testimony I have heard from looking at
09:35:19 some of our partners in the area, some of them like the
09:35:21 Hillsborough County sheriff's office, where an
09:35:24 expansion of the ordinance replaced what they were
09:35:26 using in state statute, there was no surge.
09:35:28 It was just kind of a legal swap-out of the state
09:35:33 statute for the ordinance and gave them a different
09:35:35 tool to work with.
09:35:36 When you look at St. Pete, who may have enacted
09:35:38 something, there's an initial surge, but then again to
09:35:40 look at the social side, I can toll you that our
09:35:43 officers use a lot of discretion, and they have a lot
09:35:45 of patience and understanding when they take an
09:35:48 encounter and that's probably where we are seeing only
09:35:52 one arrest out of every three calls, that they are
09:35:55 trying to warn, they are trying to make somebody
09:35:56 understand the rules currently.
09:35:58 So my answer would be that there would be an initial,
09:36:02 based on our enforcement strategy, there would be an
09:36:05 initial surge with working in warnings and trying to
09:36:08 make people understand the changes, and then I predict
09:36:12 a decline which is what most place does not see a
09:36:15 displacement into the business communities or in the
09:36:18 residential communities.
09:36:19 They actually see stop.
09:36:21 Now, the one challenge we have in the region is the
09:36:23 fact that because we have an ordinance that allows it
09:36:27 during the daylight hours understood the certain
09:36:29 conditions, things could have been pushed into the City
09:36:34 of Tampa and that's why some of the surrounding
09:36:37 agencies saw a decline because there was another place
09:36:39 to go within travel distance.
09:36:43 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Mulhern?
09:36:44 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:36:45 I had a couple of questions.
09:36:47 And I'm not sure if we have -- I think St. Pete might
09:36:51 be the best model for us to look at if we are going to
09:36:56 adopt something like that.
09:36:57 Do we have numbers from them?
09:37:00 Has there been enough time for them to tell us how many
09:37:03 arrests were made and how many people were taken to
09:37:08 jail, and how long they stayed there?
09:37:12 And I think another question that's probably going to
09:37:15 come up, which is kind of an unquantifiable thing as we
09:37:21 look in the future, but if you are arresting someone
09:37:23 for panhandling, and you find out they are on probation
09:37:27 or they have other warrants out, what happens as far as
09:37:34 Are you ending up putting people in jail for 30 days?
09:37:36 So that's -- I think it's important for us to know what
09:37:42 the likely cost.
09:37:46 Because at this point, I don't know, if we get to the
09:37:48 point where an individual is arrested for panhandling,
09:37:53 goes to jail, at this point we don't have any other
09:37:58 alternatives for them.
09:38:02 What is that going to cost us as far as enforcement and
09:38:06 how are we going to pay for that?
09:38:07 >> Well, first, it's been our experience on misdemeanor
09:38:12 offenses if there's been a change of ordinance just
09:38:14 like traffic ordinances, most of the time we get
09:38:17 compliance through the initial wave of enforcement.
09:38:20 You start to warn folks.
09:38:21 You start to explain what's changed.
09:38:23 And then just like you see the green vest.
09:38:26 That was an example of the ordinance.
09:38:28 There was an ordinance made that said you can do this
09:38:30 understood these conditions, and the green vest showed.
09:38:32 So there is an attempt to comply normally from the
09:38:35 So doesn't all end up in an arrest bucket and going to
09:38:39 jail and then of course the subsequent cost of the
09:38:42 >> That was my question, do we have any numbers?
09:38:46 >>> We could get St. Petersburg's numbers.
09:38:49 I don't have them now.
09:38:51 But typically what we have seen is quick compliance
09:38:55 with an ordinance change.
09:38:56 Some of them, again we are making an arrest today out
09:38:59 of those three calls for service already.
09:39:04 That moved to three arrests today because there's three
09:39:06 calls for service.
09:39:07 I can tell you that it probably would not because for
09:39:09 the most part people are very compliant when you start
09:39:12 giving warnings.
09:39:13 So I see a change without a lot of arrests based on
09:39:16 what we have seen historically.
09:39:18 But we can get St. Pete's data.
09:39:20 >> Yeah, I think we need to see some numbers, if you
09:39:22 can get that, that would be good.
09:39:25 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.
09:39:25 Any other council members?
09:39:26 All right.
09:39:27 We have heard from the city attorney James Shimberg.
09:39:30 We heard from the assistant city attorney.
09:39:33 And we heard from the police department assistant Chief
09:39:36 So we are going to open it up to the public for 30
09:39:40 minutes, and if there is a large amount of individuals
09:39:43 who would like to speak, I would like to ask council to
09:39:47 change the rules from three minutes to two minutes so
09:39:50 that everyone in the audience would have an opportunity
09:39:52 to speak.
09:39:53 The way it looks now, I'm doubtful that if we give
09:39:59 three minutes everyone in the audience will have the
09:40:00 opportunity to speak.
09:40:01 So with that said I would like to ask the council to
09:40:04 waive the rules and change it from three minutes to two
09:40:07 minutes so the good people here could have the
09:40:10 opportunity to speak.
09:40:11 Motion by Mr. Suarez, seconded by Mr. Reddick.
09:40:14 All in favor of the motion indicate by saying Aye.
09:40:17 Opposed, nay.
09:40:17 The ayes have it unanimously.
09:40:19 Change the clock to two minutes which is in essence two
09:40:22 and a half minutes.
09:40:23 First speaker, please.
09:40:29 >> I have some handouts.
09:40:43 >> I'm Jim Westman here representing Westshore alliance
09:40:46 which has over 350 employers which have over 32,000 can
09:40:52 employees, and it is definitely a safety issue, and it
09:40:55 is also maybe an image issue that prevents our
09:41:01 employees feeling comfortable, or being intimidated and
09:41:05 worried about doing harm to some of these street
09:41:09 people, and especially there have been anecdotal
09:41:14 evidence of some problems that they have encountered.
09:41:18 Our board passed a resolution supporting the Pinellas
09:41:24 County ordinance and presented that to the prior
09:41:31 And we are urging you to call you to action because we
09:41:36 have all the other counties or municipalities around us
09:41:40 that have adopted this ordinance, and I believe it is
09:41:44 an extreme safety issue.
09:41:46 One anecdotal incident that happened to me on Martin
09:41:50 Luther King and Dale Mabry there, was a panel truck to
09:41:52 my right, and there was an individual at 8:00 in the
09:41:56 morning who was a little bit tipsy working three lanes
09:41:59 of traffic.
09:41:59 He went to the far outside lane and then cut in front
09:42:03 of that panel truck as traffic was coming.
09:42:06 I was in my car, and I noticed him.
09:42:09 And he slowed down and he cut right in front of me.
09:42:11 Otherwise I would have hit him if I didn't know once
09:42:15 the green arrow light.
09:42:17 It's very important that we clean this up because it
09:42:19 important of tracking -- attracting jobs into our
09:42:22 We are going to have a national convention here in
09:42:25 A lot of press is going to be here and a lot of
09:42:28 businessmen and decision makers that could move jobs
09:42:32 into our community, not only the Westshore district but
09:42:34 the whole county I think would benefit.
09:42:39 Thank you.
09:42:43 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
09:42:44 Next, please.
09:42:44 >> Good morning.
09:42:47 I'm Kay Andrews, publisher of the Florida Sentinel
09:42:50 Bulletin newspaper.
09:42:52 I know we have several issues on the table, but I'm
09:42:56 here on behalf of the newspaper sellers of this
09:43:01 My newspaper has been in existence for 66 years, and
09:43:06 sell on the street has been one of the things that has
09:43:09 sustained our business, as well as a lot of the young
09:43:13 people, older people in this community.
09:43:16 I know you have a very daunting task, and I want to
09:43:19 congratulate all of you who are reelected and elected,
09:43:25 and many of you have come before our board and many of
09:43:28 you have told us that you were going to help find a
09:43:32 solution for this problem.
09:43:34 Completely banning it will destroy a lot of jobs.
09:43:39 Completely banning it will destroy a lot of lives.
09:43:43 So please take this into consideration.
09:43:46 And I would hope that you guys will look up when I'm
09:43:51 talking to you to understand that this is an issue that
09:43:54 is unique to this community.
09:43:57 We are not St. Petersburg.
09:44:00 Tampa is far larger.
09:44:02 St. Petersburg does not have an African-American
09:44:06 St. Petersburg does not have two daily newspapers.
09:44:09 So these are the things that make us unique to a lot of
09:44:13 communities throughout Florida.
09:44:14 So you as a board I hope would find a solution that
09:44:19 would work for everyone.
09:44:22 I understand what the problem is.
09:44:24 The solution is not total banning.
09:44:27 Thank you.
09:44:32 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
09:44:33 Next, please.
09:44:37 >>RON ROTELLA: Westshore Alliance.
09:44:38 Would like to point out the map you saw earlier,
09:44:40 although it was disbursed around the city, the greatest
09:44:43 proliferation of those dots were in the Westshore
09:44:45 business district, and the examples of the two or less
09:44:51 were in district one within the Westshore business
09:44:54 We are a business-based membership driven organization
09:44:57 and we respectfully request that you return the streets
09:45:01 and intersections in the Westshore business district
09:45:05 back to a business climate and not one with a
09:45:08 proliferation of anyone and everyone that puts on a
09:45:12 vest to be out there in those medians.
09:45:15 The other thing I will point out to you -- and this is
09:45:19 a personal experience of mine, this isn't hearsay.
09:45:22 The members of my board, the members of my
09:45:23 organization, serve on boards of agencies,
09:45:27 governmental, social service agencies, they volunteer,
09:45:31 and many social service agencies, they write checks,
09:45:38 contribute food and other services to deal with the
09:45:40 social aspect of this problem, but what they are asking
09:45:46 for in return is because we are a business district and
09:45:49 it does cost us money not only to open, but the taxes
09:45:53 and fees and refuse newspaper that we generate, is it
09:45:55 unreasonable for us to request that the Westshore
09:45:58 business district reflect a business climate and not
09:46:03 have the atmosphere that we have out there today?
09:46:06 We would rather see our public safety officials doing
09:46:08 what they are doing so well in the city today, and
09:46:10 that's reducing crime.
09:46:12 They have reduced crime in the business district and
09:46:15 throughout the city.
09:46:16 Let them focus on that because that's not only good for
09:46:19 business, it's good for the whole community including
09:46:22 residential neighborhoods.
09:46:23 Thank you.
09:46:24 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
09:46:25 Next, please.
09:46:26 >> My name is Sarah Romeo.
09:46:32 I'm CEO of Tampa crossroads.
09:46:34 We are a local not for profit.
09:46:36 We have been operating in Hillsborough and Pinellas
09:46:37 County for more than three decades to assist adult men
09:46:40 and women and their families from homelessness to
09:46:43 independence in this community.
09:46:45 I do not believe that we should have panhandlers on
09:46:49 every street corner in Tampa, yet my chagrin of seeing
09:46:54 the plight of neighbors is give than yours.
09:46:56 I am courage urging you as lawmakers in our community
09:46:58 to consider what you are Doug in passing a law today.
09:47:00 Criminalizing homelessness is not the way to deal with
09:47:04 this problem we are facing.
09:47:05 Even though we heard from TPD today, we have not heard
09:47:08 today how the law would be enforced.
09:47:11 Will you arrest and prosecutor issue a summons to
09:47:15 appear and pay a fine?
09:47:16 Are you prepared to spend up to $3,000 per person to
09:47:19 arrest and prosecute a homeless person for Hahn
09:47:22 Have you considered that a person has any prior record
09:47:25 that contacted a law enforcement officer could result
09:47:28 in a violation of probation which could land him in the
09:47:31 county jail for 30 days automatic?
09:47:33 The result is an overloaded jail population, more than
09:47:36 a $5,000 bill to the county, and at the end of 30 days
09:47:40 you are still dealing with a hungry and desperate
09:47:44 homeless person likely to extend his or her hand once
09:47:46 again for a few coins of crumbs.
09:47:48 In the past month I visited the Safe Harbor program in
09:47:51 Pinellas County where there is a capacity to house and
09:47:54 provide wrap-around services to over 350 homeless
09:47:59 When a law enforcement officer is dealing with a
09:48:01 homeless individual in Pinellas, they have a choice,
09:48:04 shelter at Safe Harbor, or jail.
09:48:07 Then it's the person's choice, and the majority of them
09:48:09 are choosing to get the assistance they need and return
09:48:12 to stability during this program.
09:48:14 If you do not see this as a human rights issue or even
09:48:17 feel compassion for those who are caught in this
09:48:19 terrible economic downturn, then I want to give you
09:48:23 some numbers that might help your decision making.
09:48:26 Housing with services to transitional persons back to
09:48:29 employment and independence costs $24.56 a day.
09:48:35 Housing at the county jail is $100.06 a day.
09:48:41 So let's look at the scenario. If you arrest 30
09:48:43 panhandlers monthly and process through the criminal
09:48:47 justice system, the cost is $90,000.
09:48:50 If you jail 25% of those for 30 days, it adds 22,513.50
09:48:59 for a total cost to the city or county of $112,513.50.
09:49:07 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
09:49:07 >> Thank you.
09:49:08 I have some more numbers if you would like them.
09:49:12 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
09:49:12 Next, please.
09:49:13 >> Kathy Betancourt, University of South Florida
09:49:17 representing president Genshaft W.your permission, we
09:49:19 would like to read the president's letter to the
09:49:23 I have with me university police chief Tom Rangel.
09:49:30 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: You are going to read the letter in.
09:49:32 >> Yes, sir.
09:49:32 Thank you for tackling the issue of panhandling, a
09:49:34 problem which is growing concern across our community.
09:49:37 We understand that there are a good number of trance
09:49:39 evenings issues related to this practice and we concur
09:49:42 that the overall societal situation is complex.
09:49:45 However, we very many respectfully suggest that first
09:49:48 and foremost the question before us as a community is
09:49:51 whether the city should act statutory authority over
09:49:57 roadways to ensure public safety.
09:49:59 The answer: Yes.
09:50:00 State law provides municipalities and counties with the
09:50:03 tools to manage our roadways.
09:50:04 The people of the City of Tampa would be well served
09:50:07 should you our elected officials put these tools to the
09:50:10 best use and eliminate this very dangerous practice.
09:50:13 I join many others in requesting that you take the
09:50:15 appropriate steps to passage of an ordinance banning
09:50:18 panhandling within the city limit.
09:50:20 Tampa has seen a surge in this aggressive panhandle as
09:50:23 other communities have banned it.
09:50:24 The medians in our roadways around USF are regularly
09:50:28 occupied by individuals soliciting funds from
09:50:32 Citizens are rightly concerned about the impact of this
09:50:34 In the case.
09:50:35 USF area, we are not talking about quaint little
09:50:39 neighborhood streets.
09:50:40 These are big, dangerous thoroughfares where safety
09:50:43 issues for our students, faculty, staff and visitors
09:50:47 We have warned students who have died crossing these
09:50:50 streets or been struck by riding their bicycles.
09:50:52 On a daily basis, USF and other major institutions
09:50:56 located in and around our campus witness the growing
09:50:59 hazard which endanger ter public, diminish the quality
09:51:03 of life and hinder economic development in this vital
09:51:06 city sector.
09:51:08 It is unsafe for the panhandlers who teeter on uneven
09:51:11 and narrow medians occasionally stepping on tripping
09:51:14 into the lanes of fast-moving traffic.
09:51:17 It's unsafe for drivers who are accosted and sometimes
09:51:21 hazard when they break the study I flow of traffic to
09:51:24 hand money to outstretched hand.
09:51:26 We have even seen panhandlers hold cups up to the
09:51:29 windows of cars in order to generate sympathy and cash.
09:51:33 Panhandling is unsafe on many levels.
09:51:36 In addition to the safety issues, the unbridled
09:51:39 behavior is counter to our shared goals of developing
09:51:41 and growing our community.
09:51:43 The USF area is a regional activity center.
09:51:46 (Bell sounds).
09:51:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
09:51:48 >> I have copies of the letter.
09:51:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: We received them yesterday.
09:51:53 Thank you very much.
09:52:00 You got a great employer.
09:52:01 >> My name is Tanya wiseman, 3706 west Oklahoma
09:52:06 street -- Avenue, excuse me.
09:52:09 This issue with panhandling, I mean, there has to be
09:52:13 some type of boundaries.
09:52:14 I know it's a problem.
09:52:16 But we recently had a double homicide.
09:52:20 I was on my way to work.
09:52:21 I saw three officers handling one panhandler at the
09:52:26 corner of Manhattan and Gandy.
09:52:32 I call homicides, crime, a little bit more important.
09:52:35 I understand the officers are doing all they can do
09:52:39 with the anger and unease and I would like to see a
09:52:42 little bit more done as far as crime.
09:52:44 I mean, when you take these people from panhandling,
09:52:46 what are they going to do?
09:52:49 Am I going to be the next victim of home invasion
09:52:52 whether it drug related? Whatever the situation is.
09:52:55 Come on.
09:52:55 There are people out there that are decent.
09:52:57 There are people out there, I want a beer.
09:53:02 Get a job.
09:53:03 You know, so there has to be some consideration with
09:53:07 people like the firemen.
09:53:09 They have the military.
09:53:12 And I am going to be outraged as a parent if I see a
09:53:15 TPD officer, law enforcement harass a Madison student,
09:53:20 any student out there trying to do a charitable cause.
09:53:24 The police right now need everybody's help in doing the
09:53:27 job that they need to do, and now would be a bad time
09:53:30 to irate the taxpayers and the people they need to help
09:53:35 them solve these crimes.
09:53:36 Thank you.
09:53:37 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
09:53:38 Next, please.
09:53:39 >> I'm Suarez, retired, West Tampa, fairly active in
09:53:48 voluntary activities, president of sacred heart church
09:53:51 chapter of St. Vincent DePaul, DAV homeless activities
09:53:56 and such.
09:53:57 And I don't like panhandling.
09:53:59 I don't like seeing people out there having to do that
09:54:02 to try to make some money for motel.
09:54:04 I don't like to see that.
09:54:06 I would rather have poverty well hidden.
09:54:09 I would like to have it nonexistent.
09:54:11 So I don't give to panhandlers.
09:54:13 Now, I might give them a slip referring them to an
09:54:17 appropriate service, particularly vets.
09:54:19 There's a good homeless vet recovery program.
09:54:25 Sarah Romeo has a program that helps homeless women
09:54:28 vets, a growing population.
09:54:30 We have lots more coming back.
09:54:32 Granted, there are bums out there, hustlers, there's
09:54:36 also ex-GIs that are trying to keep their house,
09:54:41 their parent out there, and trying to keep them
09:54:44 But all the agencies put together don't come close to
09:54:47 providing the kind of housing that is necessary.
09:54:50 The government here has not been a good partner.
09:54:52 A few years ago, the Catholic charities tried to
09:54:56 establish a shelter similar to Pinellas hope, similar
09:54:59 to what's going on over in Pinellas and were turned
09:55:03 down by the county.
09:55:04 The city stood aside because you don't do homeless
09:55:08 True, you don't get federal and state grants to do
09:55:11 So I'm encouraged when I sigh you are considering
09:55:14 setting aside part of the revenue from red light camera
09:55:18 enforcement to provide some services.
09:55:19 That's a good sign.
09:55:23 The county would work with you on that would also be a
09:55:25 good step.
09:55:26 The county at the time said, well, it was a bad
09:55:29 Well, NIMBE says it never a good location.
09:55:33 The county is still looking for that elusive better
09:55:35 location two years later.
09:55:39 So I have no doubt, try to come up with a yes to
09:55:44 helping those that are now panhandling, so they don't
09:55:47 have to be do it.
09:55:48 Thank you.
09:55:49 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much, sir.
09:55:51 Next, please.
09:55:51 >> I want to talk about a possible solution.
09:55:59 There's three components.
09:56:00 One, we are talking about people who -- Chip Thomas.
09:56:04 We are talking about people who are in a downward
09:56:09 spiral with no bottom other than jail, hospital, or
09:56:12 even a cemetery, finding work when they can't even keep
09:56:17 up with daily hygiene.
09:56:18 They have reached their level of basics that none of us
09:56:23 will ever know.
09:56:25 As a result of this we might find there are very
09:56:29 dedicated loyal hard working employees.
09:56:31 The second component is Tampa is not a clean city.
09:56:34 It's a very dirty city.
09:56:35 I don't think it's unreasonable to say it's filthy.
09:56:38 Outside of downtown and the nicer neighborhoods,
09:56:41 roadside trash and just a lot of neighborhoods, it
09:56:44 really needs a lot of work cleaning up.
09:56:47 Third component is there's a glut of empty residences
09:56:51 in this city.
09:56:51 You put them all together, and I have got to believe
09:56:54 there's a way to solve all three at the same time.
09:56:57 I know it's a simplified version.
09:56:59 There's a lot of details to hammer out.
09:57:01 There's money issues and financing.
09:57:03 But there are advocates out there looking for worthy
09:57:08 causes to get involved with.
09:57:09 There are retirees looking to volunteer that would
09:57:13 maybe oversee such a program.
09:57:15 We have students at HCC and USF and UT involved in
09:57:20 social work and in government programs that might be
09:57:22 interested in unpaid internships.
09:57:25 We have three big problems, and they all could be
09:57:30 connected if there's a will, there's a way, and plus
09:57:34 the fact these are problems that are not unique to
09:57:36 They are all over the country.
09:57:38 And wouldn't it be great if Tampa set up a program that
09:57:41 could be a model for the rest of the country to
09:57:43 address, not only the homeless and unemployed but the
09:57:46 foreclosure issue and any other work that needs to be
09:57:50 Thank you.
09:57:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
09:57:52 Next, please.
09:57:53 >> Good morning.
09:57:57 My name is Mary Werner.
09:57:59 I live in New Tampa, been a resident there for over
09:58:03 seven years.
09:58:04 My husband is retired military, and worked at UCOM.
09:58:11 I'm also a realtor.
09:58:12 I go to church every Sunday.
09:58:14 And on my way to church I go down Cross Creek
09:58:16 Boulevard, if you are familiar with it and Bruce B.
09:58:18 Downs, and there's a corner there.
09:58:20 I make a left to go to St. James United Methodist
09:58:24 There are the nicest people selling newspapers there
09:58:28 that you would ever want to meet.
09:58:30 I happen to know one of them.
09:58:32 And over the years you get to nobody these people.
09:58:36 And they have real stories.
09:58:38 They have real lives.
09:58:40 They have real issues just like you and I.
09:58:42 And my reason for being here today is to help support
09:58:47 one individual in particular.
09:58:49 His name is Scott hill.
09:58:51 He was selling newspapers, which I buy every Sunday.
09:58:54 And an few weeks ago was arrested, after a sheriff told
09:58:58 him he could gob down and move to a different corner.
09:59:02 I don't understand why this happened.
09:59:04 And I would like someone to look into it.
09:59:08 I believe the gentlemen that sell newspapers should be
09:59:13 able to do so.
09:59:14 This is our inalienable right as an American.
09:59:19 The printing press started back -- let's go back in
09:59:22 history a little bit for America.
09:59:23 People have been selling newspapers on the corners of
09:59:26 streets all of our history.
09:59:31 So why can't they continue to do so?
09:59:33 I enjoy giving someone a dollar and getting a
09:59:36 I'm giving something back.
09:59:38 Now, I know this doesn't touch all the issues for
09:59:43 I understand that.
09:59:44 And there are people that are desperate for money.
09:59:47 And they hold up signs.
09:59:49 And I understand, and I'm very can compassionate for
09:59:52 them also.
09:59:52 But for the newspaper people, this should not be an
09:59:56 They are not panhandlers.
09:59:58 They are selling a product that I for one as a
10:00:01 resident, and a taxpayer, and a voter for Hillsborough
10:00:05 County, enjoy.
10:00:07 I like to be able to pull up to a corner and get my
10:00:11 It's nice.
10:00:12 It adjustment nice.
10:00:14 Scott is now in court today.
10:00:15 He couldn't be here today because he's in court.
10:00:19 He's got a $285 fine for doing something he was told he
10:00:23 could do, and then taken to jail.
10:00:27 And 30 days.
10:00:29 (Bell sounds).
10:00:31 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:00:31 Before I go to the next, this agenda item, public
10:00:35 comment, startled at 9:40, should end at 10:10.
10:00:39 I see individuals that are going over that time so I am
10:00:42 going to go to 10:10 then I will ask council's
10:00:44 permission to go to the last person in line if I may
10:00:47 for two minutes.
10:00:48 So next.
10:00:50 Then I am going to cut it off at the last gentleman
10:00:52 that's in line now.
10:00:53 >> Sam McIntosh.
10:00:57 Representing Sheet Metal Workers Union 15 and also
10:01:02 representing the building trades union here in Tampa.
10:01:06 We think this ordinance has casts such a broad net that
10:01:11 we think it affects our ability to lawfully, peacefully
10:01:13 handbill in the public right-of-way, and we have rights
10:01:16 under section 1983 federal law, and of course the
10:01:21 county has imposed this ordinance, and we are right now
10:01:25 preparing an injunction in the middle district court 6
10:01:29 here in Tampa, Florida.
10:01:31 And we understand there's a problem with panhandling.
10:01:33 But like I said, if this ordinance passes, it would
10:01:38 definitely have an effect on us with the four-foot rule
10:01:42 from us engaging motorists off the right-of-way.
10:01:45 And whenever we are out there doing our lawful
10:01:52 leafletting, we are not out into the median or anything
10:01:54 like that.
10:01:57 But if you move forward with this ordinance, we would
10:02:00 like you to add limited to commercial to speech
10:02:03 including panhandling.
10:02:04 And that would exclude our issues with our rights to be
10:02:10 out there to lawfully leaflet.
10:02:13 That's all I have to say.
10:02:14 >> Thank you very much.
10:02:15 I did speak to the city attorney today.
10:02:17 If you speak to them I believe we have clarity on that
10:02:21 Next, please.
10:02:21 >> Randy Barron, first of all I want to remind you all
10:02:26 that this is not banning panhandling throughout the
10:02:29 It's banning panhandling in the places we drive.
10:02:33 I may be a little selfish here.
10:02:34 I'm just an average citizen.
10:02:36 I pay my taxes.
10:02:37 I am get in the car.
10:02:38 I feel like I should be able to drive from point A to
10:02:40 point B without being solicited in a dangerous fashion.
10:02:43 It not just the panhandlers who are at risk.
10:02:45 It's also the drivers.
10:02:46 I see a panhandler who trips in a very narrow median
10:02:50 while carrying a big stack of newspapers.
10:02:52 I think he's going to fall into the driving lane.
10:02:54 I swerve.
10:02:55 This happened to me.
10:02:56 Thank God there was no one next to me.
10:02:58 We should not have to wait till someone gets killed or
10:03:01 seriously injured in order to realize that this is an
10:03:04 extremely dangerous situation.
10:03:06 People have other options in this city to panhandle.
10:03:09 There are on the places that can do it.
10:03:11 I should not have to be exposed to Wan is essentially a
10:03:14 commercial while -- endeavor while I'm driving.
10:03:19 Those roads are for me to get to point A to point B.
10:03:22 If I want to engage in some sort of commerce I go to a
10:03:25 That's my choice.
10:03:29 There are people in this city, there are a lot of
10:03:30 people in this city who are very upset about the
10:03:35 And that's why we are all here.
10:03:38 We wouldn't be talking about this unless we were having
10:03:40 three people call in every single day.
10:03:42 Three calls for service at a cost, as Ms. Romeo said,
10:03:46 $90,000 to the city already, one arrest a day.
10:03:49 If you have a tool that's going to ultimate lip reduce
10:03:51 these calls for service, free up the police in order to
10:03:55 handle on the kind of more dangerous situations, and
10:03:58 make the roads safer, for the average citizen, I think
10:04:02 that's a no-brainer, and still allow options for
10:04:06 panhandlers to express their opinions in other areas of
10:04:09 the city.
10:04:09 Thank you.
10:04:10 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:04:11 Next, please.
10:04:12 >> Susan Long.
10:04:17 Before I say anything, I know you all know my stance.
10:04:21 I want a complete and total ban on panhandling.
10:04:22 And my reasons are this.
10:04:23 First of all, we were discussing the homeless.
10:04:27 We know that only 5 to 7% of the homeless panhandlers.
10:04:31 That means that over 90% of them do not.
10:04:36 So it really isn't a homeless issue.
10:04:38 We also know that some -- and I don't know the
10:04:42 percentage and I'm not sure anybody else does either --
10:04:45 some of these are just criminals out there to collect
10:04:47 money anyway they can.
10:04:50 That's what they do.
10:04:51 When I drive home and I see a kid who isn't old enough
10:04:54 to shave panhandling in the middle of Hillsborough and
10:04:56 Nebraska with his father standing on the other side of
10:05:00 Hillsborough and Nebraska in what appears to be about a
10:05:03 16, 17-year-old sister panhandling on the corner,
10:05:06 something is wrong.
10:05:07 I know for a fact of at least two businesses, small
10:05:12 businesses, that intended to come to Tampa, came down
10:05:15 here to check it out, see what would be here, saw the
10:05:18 panhandling and said, ha ha, we are not moving here, we
10:05:21 are not subjecting ourselves, our families and our
10:05:24 employees to this.
10:05:25 I think it's unsafe.
10:05:27 I have had them stick their hand in my window, scare me
10:05:30 half to death.
10:05:31 Fortunately, they didn't do anything ton me, but that's
10:05:35 I should be able to drive from point A to point B
10:05:38 without being harassed, without being afraid, without
10:05:40 having somebody essentially come into my car or at
10:05:44 least parts of them actually come into my car.
10:05:47 It's time for us to do something about this.
10:05:49 It's past time.
10:05:50 The issue is safety on the streets.
10:05:53 And having the panhandlers out there is not safe.
10:05:56 Not safe for us as drivers, not safe for them as
10:06:00 It needs to be stopped.
10:06:01 Thank you.
10:06:02 12347 thank you very much.
10:06:03 Next, please.
10:06:04 >> Aaron Canilla with the safety council in Tampa and
10:06:12 we represent many unions across the area, and I want --
10:06:17 somebody spoke earlier here, that in a lot of our work
10:06:20 sites especially the construction phase that changed
10:06:23 quickly with workers going from one place to another,
10:06:25 the most quick and effective way to get in touch with
10:06:28 these workers is through work site leafletting.
10:06:32 The problem is when some of these work sites on
10:06:34 government property were not allowed to give
10:06:36 information out on that work site, so stand on the road
10:06:42 as they are pulling into the work site and hand them
10:06:43 information as they drive through.
10:06:44 What we are afraid here is that will fall understood
10:06:47 this new law and we won't be able to effectively give
10:06:52 our workers that, so if we limit to commercial speech,
10:06:57 I think it will work out.
10:06:59 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:06:59 Again I want to ask you to, the city attorney and I had
10:07:03 a conversation this morning.
10:07:04 >> Dan Woodard, a small business manager in Westshore,
10:07:08 a member of the Westshore Alliance.
10:07:10 I believe this is primarily a two-issue subject.
10:07:14 One, and first and foremost, it's public safety.
10:07:18 Our 39 employees have expressed to me they are
10:07:21 concerned not only for their own safety as they drive
10:07:23 the roads in Westshore and the City of Tampa but also
10:07:26 for the safety of the panel handlers themselves.
10:07:29 Our roads are not designed for transactions between
10:07:33 automobiles and pedestrians, nor should they be.
10:07:37 Second, this is an economic development issue.
10:07:40 We have several economic development agencies out
10:07:43 working very diligently to try to fight our 10, 11%
10:07:49 unemployment rate.
10:07:50 Panhandling is not the answer to our unemployment rate,
10:07:54 and it's not an effective or compassionate method for
10:07:59 handling our homeless.
10:08:00 Every other major municipality in the Tampa Bay area
10:08:04 has dealt with this issue already.
10:08:06 It is time for Tampa to deal with it.
10:08:09 Thank you.
10:08:10 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:08:11 Next, please.
10:08:12 >> Jim laker, 4218 west San Pedro, I'm also a lawyer
10:08:16 for "The Tampa Tribune, and we just want to express our
10:08:19 appreciation for the time and consideration you have
10:08:21 given to this issue.
10:08:22 And I just wanted to reap iterate a proposal that I
10:08:25 sent to council yesterday.
10:08:26 We believe that newspaper sales can be separated from
10:08:29 this panhandling issue and be done safely ons.
10:08:34 In a content neutral way as Mrs. Kert discussed based
10:08:38 on the difference in traffic counts and traffic
10:08:42 The F dolt statics I provided show traffic is up to 45%
10:08:47 lighter on Sundays compared to other days.
10:08:50 Accidents are significantly less frequent on Sunday, up
10:08:54 to 66% less frequent if you compare different times of
10:08:57 the day.
10:08:59 Mrs. Kert mentioned Pasco's ordinance moving toward
10:09:02 permitting this activity only on Sunday.
10:09:04 In Tampa the disparity between Sunday and other days of
10:09:06 the week is even greater than in Pasco County.
10:09:09 So we think that's a good way to go.
10:09:12 I know there's been some concern about the Florida
10:09:14 Sentinel Bulletin, which I guess is distributed other
10:09:17 days of the week.
10:09:19 We have reached out to the Florida Sentinel Bulletin,
10:09:21 the Tribune has met with the Sentinel Bulletin
10:09:24 circulation manager.
10:09:25 The Tribune's publisher has written that newspaper's
10:09:29 We would like to work out a way where this works for
10:09:32 both newspapers.
10:09:34 Maybe that would involve using the Tribune seven-day a
10:09:36 week distribution system to help the Sentinel Bulletin.
10:09:39 We don't know exactly what that would tan but we
10:09:41 believe there's a way that that can be worked out.
10:09:43 We also think if there are any safety concerns that the
10:09:46 Tribune's contractors can work with law enforcement to
10:09:49 address those.
10:09:51 In Pasco County, the draft ordinance as originally
10:09:55 proposed didn't require any solicitor to carry a state
10:09:59 issued photo ID.
10:10:01 The sheriff of Pasco County requested that addition.
10:10:03 That addition has been made and I understand the
10:10:05 Tribune's contractors are fine with that.
10:10:07 So if there are other issues like that that council
10:10:09 would like to incorporate, we think there's
10:10:11 opportunities to do that.
10:10:12 And the other thing I think is important to keep in
10:10:15 mind is the public education part of this.
10:10:18 Council is doing a great job of alerting folks that
10:10:21 there are alternatives, on the ways to help the
10:10:24 homeless short of giving money.
10:10:25 And when folks realize that, give to trinity cafe,
10:10:30 Metropolitan Ministries, rather than giving cash to a
10:10:32 panhandler, the incentive to panhandling dries up.
10:10:38 The federal court years ago wrote in its opinion that
10:10:41 city streets within the county are open for
10:10:43 distributing literature.
10:10:46 That wouldn't be true in a ban.
10:10:48 (Bell sounds).
10:10:50 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:10:50 I need permission from council.
10:10:52 We said 10:10.
10:10:53 I need an additional 15 minutes.
10:10:56 >> I move that.
10:10:57 >> Second.
10:10:59 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Moved by Mr. Suarez, second by Mrs.
10:11:03 The Ayes have it unanimously.
10:11:04 I have an additional 15 minutes to 10:25.
10:11:09 Next, please.
10:11:10 Otherwise I violate my own rules.
10:11:11 >> Gary Teny with the St. Petersburg Times.
10:11:15 Back in June of 2009 the city of St. Petersburg passed
10:11:18 their strict ordinance banning panhandling on the side
10:11:23 of the road.
10:11:23 This effectively put hundreds of people out of work
10:11:27 that try to sell newspapers on Sunday.
10:11:29 It also takes away what we provide to thousands of
10:11:35 people who choose to buy their newspaper this way.
10:11:37 It's been talked about on daily averages of accidents
10:11:41 and things, but we haven't talked or addressed Sunday
10:11:45 It comes out, is the city of St. Petersburg any safer
10:11:51 Where do those people go?
10:11:53 Since 2009 the panhandling population over here has
10:11:56 They came over here.
10:11:58 Way urge to you do is take a look at Pasco County, and
10:12:01 look at their ordinance, that's narrowly tailored that
10:12:06 leaves Sunday open to everybody so that hundreds of
10:12:09 people will not be put out of work, thereby adding to
10:12:14 the unemployment crisis that we are facing now, and
10:12:17 allowing thousands of people to buy their Sunday
10:12:22 newspaper in this fashion.
10:12:23 Thank you.
10:12:27 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:12:27 Next, please.
10:12:28 >> Darrin Driscoll, an independent contractor for the
10:12:31 St. Petersburg times.
10:12:33 Feel like this is my new office because we are always
10:12:35 back here.
10:12:35 Welcome to Tampa new council.
10:12:37 Thanks for this opportunity.
10:12:38 As I have said each and every time I come here, we at
10:12:42 the St. Petersburg times comply 175 people.
10:12:45 Start doing the math and multiply that by their
10:12:48 I don't have to do numbers.
10:12:51 It's hundreds of people.
10:12:52 Today's economic times, Pasco County is proposing,
10:12:55 every time we come to this meeting it's the same thing.
10:12:57 It's really not newspapers that's the problem.
10:13:00 It's the panhandlers that's the issue here.
10:13:03 We want you to keep that in mind.
10:13:05 Even Tampa's finest.
10:13:07 I promise not to give their names.
10:13:09 I deal with them every Sunday morning.
10:13:11 Cross Creek happens to be my territory.
10:13:13 Scott happens to be one of my employees that I employ
10:13:16 on Sunday.
10:13:17 But keep in mind, whatever we do, the lives that we are
10:13:21 going to affect here, all of you understand, you want
10:13:25 numbers, you want stats.
10:13:27 I asked chief been tote come with numbers.
10:13:29 I got numbers for you today.
10:13:31 Fatalities for newspapers on Sunday in the City of
10:13:32 Tampa, zero.
10:13:35 That's a number you can put in the bank, put in your
10:13:38 pocket and seal it.
10:13:40 Our people are acting as safe as they possibly can.
10:13:43 We are supervisors out there, and we want to work with
10:13:47 the City of Tampa.
10:13:48 We want to work with Tampa's finest.
10:13:50 Some of the nicest police officers I have ever met on
10:13:52 They don't want to be harassing us.
10:13:54 They say to our hawkers, look, you guys -- the
10:13:57 situation here is panhandling.
10:13:59 We all know it.
10:14:00 Let's be the new council members and I welcome you,
10:14:03 let's be that council that actually makes the solution
10:14:05 tags new mayor said today.
10:14:07 Let's make a solution, make it work for everybody.
10:14:09 What a win-win.
10:14:10 If you go on the blog and you read the people, nobody
10:14:13 wants to put these people out of work.
10:14:15 I know you are all compassionate people.
10:14:17 We are in America, greatest country in the world, land
10:14:20 of opportunity, freedom of speech.
10:14:22 Please keep this in mind when making the decision.
10:14:24 A six-day ban, keeping the newspapers, the
10:14:27 firefighters, any charities that want to collect on
10:14:29 Sunday, as Mr. Attorney just said, is a solution and
10:14:31 it's a win-win for everyone.
10:14:33 We know traffic is lower on Sunday.
10:14:35 We know fatalities are down.
10:14:36 We know that bicycling and texting, all those other
10:14:39 These officers are way too busy to deal with such a
10:14:42 minuscule issue.
10:14:43 And again, zero fatalities.
10:14:45 Please keep than in mind.
10:14:47 Thank you very much.
10:14:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Again I am going to 10:25 and that's
10:14:51 I had it cut off with the lady with the nice
10:14:55 salt/pepper hair.
10:14:58 I'm not trying to be a comedian but that's a fact.
10:15:01 >> My name is Gary seal with, single copy manager with
10:15:08 the "The Tampa Tribune."
10:15:09 I have met with several of you over the past months to
10:15:11 discuss the issues with the newspapers.
10:15:14 We have over 1507 hawkers that sell the newspaper on
10:15:16 Sunday here in the City of Tampa.
10:15:18 They all make close to 75 to $100 or more per day
10:15:22 working from approximately 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday
10:15:26 only to make that little bit of money that helps to get
10:15:29 them a shelter, keeps them in their house, whatever
10:15:32 they have got to do to do it.
10:15:33 I am here on their behalf to propose that we go with
10:15:37 the six-day ban.
10:15:38 The reason the six-day ban would work, it would allow
10:15:41 our hawkers to be out there on Sunday from just 7 a.m.
10:15:44 to 2 p.m. under daylight hours with vests, with any
10:15:48 other safety restrictions that we may need to do,
10:15:50 including adopting the ordinance that it looks like it
10:15:53 may pass in Pasco County next month, that would require
10:15:57 them to have an ID, a Florida identification.
10:15:59 So we check our people.
10:16:01 We make sure they are not drinking, not on drugs or
10:16:03 anything before they go on the street, and by having
10:16:06 them on the street, the panhandlers will not go on the
10:16:09 street with them because they know that our people are
10:16:12 providing a service and people will not donate to them,
10:16:15 they will buy the newspaper.
10:16:16 Now, on behalf of the people thatch buy the paper, we
10:16:18 have almost 207,000 people that buy the paper here in
10:16:22 metro Hillsborough, or in the Tampa area, every Sunday.
10:16:25 So we are providing a service to those.
10:16:28 We have numerous people write in and say that they want
10:16:31 to do this the right way and do a six-day ban.
10:16:34 Now, we did a TBO, there was a survey after the Pasco
10:16:39 vote a couple of weeks ago.
10:16:40 When we got the first 135 responses to the six-day ban,
10:16:44 90% of the public was in favor of the six-day ban.
10:16:48 Nobody wants to take the street hawker, or most people
10:16:51 don't want to take the newspaper hawker off the streets
10:16:54 on Sunday.
10:16:54 So we are proposing the six-day ban.
10:16:57 Thank you.
10:16:59 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:16:59 Next, please.
10:17:00 >> I'm Ed Tillou from north Tampa.
10:17:10 I have masters in public health hygiene safety
10:17:13 management from USF and I hope after I speak Ms.
10:17:18 Genshaft doesn't check the university rules to find
10:17:20 some way they can take that back.
10:17:24 There is a big difference between cars moving and cars
10:17:27 I mean, the president doesn't have to have a masters in
10:17:31 public health to appreciate that.
10:17:32 Moving cars kill bicyclists.
10:17:34 People should be speaking about that here because many,
10:17:37 many people have been killed on that.
10:17:38 Instead we are going around and around on this.
10:17:41 Cars stopped do not kill people.
10:17:44 Persons sitting on the curb begging, as people have
10:17:47 done for millennium, they are sitting on the curb
10:17:50 begging with a sign, they get up, a hand comes out of
10:17:53 the car, they get a few coins or a dollar or two.
10:17:56 I mean, that's not unsafe.
10:17:59 This is 100 percent an image problem.
10:18:04 An image problem involved is the perpetrators of this
10:18:07 that destroy the economy for the past 20 or 30 years by
10:18:12 coming here, and they want to be shielded from the
10:18:15 confrontation, the possibility that they will be
10:18:18 confronted with the legacy of what they have done.
10:18:23 Now, there's a first amendment that pro tech people
10:18:26 from this kind of a thing.
10:18:29 My great, great, great, great grandfather was in
10:18:34 Washington's Army, second regimen, New Jersey line.
10:18:37 He was in the third regimen, New York militia, and he
10:18:41 didn't fight for the first amendment.
10:18:44 The Constitution came after the British were kicked
10:18:47 The Bill of Rights came after that.
10:18:49 And I see the obscenity where newspapers might not be
10:18:53 distributed, where people in Orlando are trying to feed
10:18:57 homeless, and this is just something that's normal
10:18:59 because it keeps ratcheting up and ratcheting up for
10:19:04 the past 30 years.
10:19:05 So what I'm hoping is when this gets turned around, I
10:19:08 come here because this is at the core of the faith, and
10:19:12 the first amendment is not only freedom of speech, it's
10:19:15 freedom of religion.
10:19:16 And people are wanting to outlaw homelessness and
10:19:21 outlaw not so much homelessness but panhandling.
10:19:25 Turning these people to crime, and that whole issue was
10:19:29 twisted 180 degrees.
10:19:30 So, I mean, there's got to be some return to reason on
10:19:33 this because --
10:19:35 (Bell sounds).
10:19:36 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:19:37 Next, please.
10:19:38 And we con tab one more, the young lady that was here
10:19:41 in line.
10:19:41 >> Good morning.
10:19:43 Spencer Kass, 10501 North Howard Avenue.
10:19:46 First I want to congratulate all the council members.
10:19:48 I haven't been down here since everyone's swearing in.
10:19:51 Congratulations to everybody.
10:19:52 Second, I want to thank the mayor for coming down and
10:19:54 speaking on behalf of the neighborhoods.
10:19:57 We all know our position on this, which is we need a
10:20:02 Something has to be done at this point.
10:20:04 We can't keep going the way we have been going.
10:20:06 I am not going to repeat all the arguments you heard
10:20:09 What I will say is we stand behind the Tampa Police
10:20:11 They say it's unsafe.
10:20:13 They say it's a public safety issue.
10:20:14 I have attended the meetings at the county.
10:20:16 I have attended the meetings here.
10:20:17 And I think what this ultimately comes down to is, do
10:20:21 you have faith and confidence in your police department
10:20:23 when they stand up here and they say we have a public
10:20:25 safety issue, we need help with the public safety
10:20:28 issue, we need council to help with us that public
10:20:30 safety I shall I.
10:20:31 Do you stand behind them?
10:20:32 Do you support them?
10:20:33 Or do you want to say we have other concerns that are
10:20:35 more important?
10:20:36 Because I have nothing but sympathy for the people who
10:20:41 are selling newspapers on the street.
10:20:42 But if we want to make this all about jobs, there's
10:20:45 tons of rules in the City of Tampa we can get rid of.
10:20:47 We can create all sorts of jobs.
10:20:50 We can throw the building code out.
10:20:52 We can legalize selling of drugs.
10:20:53 There's hundreds of things to be do if all we want to
10:20:56 do is create jobs.
10:20:57 But public safety has to be the number one concern, not
10:20:59 just for me and my family but for every family in the
10:21:02 City of Tampa.
10:21:03 Thank you.
10:21:04 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:21:05 Next, please.
10:21:05 >> Thank you, chairman.
10:21:07 I'm Kristin Burdick with the Tampa downtown partnership
10:21:10 and I more than appreciate the difficult deliberation
10:21:14 that this issue is raising.
10:21:16 It's one for every single one of the public and the
10:21:19 people that you represent, and I appreciate you taking
10:21:21 so much time to consider it.
10:21:22 I want to simply make you aware, I'm with the Tampa
10:21:27 downtown partnership.
10:21:28 We are also membership company, businesses in and
10:21:33 around and those that have any business in downtown
10:21:35 We took a survey of our members in April.
10:21:38 Simple survey, I can didn't a copy of this.
10:21:40 I have a copy for each of you.
10:21:44 And we just collated it.
10:21:49 It's a six-question survey.
10:21:52 And what it indicates is if the people are concerned
10:21:56 about panhandling in downtown, if they feel the
10:21:58 presence of panhandlers can have a negative effect on
10:22:01 economic development, and I think most importantly how
10:22:05 would you like to see the stakeholders in downtown
10:22:07 Tampa assist with the issue?
10:22:09 And that's the last question.
10:22:11 And it is 48% of those who responded said they want to
10:22:15 advocate for stronger laws against panhandling and
10:22:18 loitering, which is also an issue in downtown.
10:22:20 But 50% of the people, more than advocate against
10:22:25 panhandling, wanted to advocate for initiatives which
10:22:28 will provide assistance to those who are panhandling.
10:22:30 So we have both of those tandem approaches.
10:22:34 And I want you to know that the business community is
10:22:36 here to work with you on that.
10:22:38 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:22:38 The other young lady.
10:22:39 I got two minutes left.
10:22:41 Come on up.
10:22:44 They are all young.
10:22:46 [ Laughter ]
10:22:55 Great audience.
10:22:58 >>MARGARET VIZZI: 213 south Sherill and I was hoping I
10:23:02 would be able to get up here because I was here to
10:23:04 represent Tampa homeowners, and the line was so long I
10:23:08 didn't get up and then you announced. Anyway, quickly
10:23:10 on October 13, 2010 when this issue came out, Tampa
10:23:14 homeowners did take a position on this issue, and it
10:23:18 was for a complete ban.
10:23:20 Your ban now, as far as the Sundays, because this just
10:23:24 came out, as to what this workshop.
10:23:27 Of course, we have not had a mechanic.
10:23:28 There was a meeting last week, but that was before we
10:23:31 knew of the discussion.
10:23:33 Sole we don't have a position on the Sunday.
10:23:36 But I will speak now as an individual, and part of
10:23:41 these are the concerns that you have heard about
10:23:45 personal experiences with having someone come from
10:23:48 behind a truck as you start to move, and that is a
10:23:52 scary thing, and I, too, was able to stop and did not
10:23:56 hit the person, but the issue of having spoken
10:24:00 regarding the arms being put in to the cars, I've seen
10:24:07 But the other issue that I would like answered, they
10:24:10 are not only selling newspapers now, but they are
10:24:13 selling water.
10:24:15 What is the next thing that if you allow the newspapers
10:24:18 to be sold, they'll sell water?
10:24:21 What's next?
10:24:23 So I don't know.
10:24:24 But I know that it's a very difficult thing that you
10:24:29 have to look at.
10:24:31 But as far as the cost of doing what is being proposed,
10:24:36 if we don't do it as we said, what will the economic
10:24:40 effect be in and there's no doubt that there will be.
10:24:44 So, council, I'll be praying for you as you deliberate
10:24:51 this and I'm sure that you all will do the right thing.
10:24:53 So thank you.
10:24:55 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:24:55 This concludes the portion of the time allotted to us
10:24:59 for public input.
10:25:01 And we go back to the legal department.
10:25:03 If there's any addition or anything you would like to
10:25:05 add, the city attorney, assistant City attorney,
10:25:12 assistant chief of police, you can certainly address us
10:25:16 >>JIM SHIMBERG: We are here to answer questions of
10:25:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mrs. Capin.
10:25:24 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Mr. Shimberg, I would like to hear
10:25:26 about the leaflet with the union that was brought up by
10:25:29 the union gentleman.
10:25:37 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Okay.
10:25:37 When they called originally, they mentioned there was a
10:25:41 federal statute that might allow them to do that, and
10:25:44 at that point we said if there's a federal statute than
10:25:47 that would not be prohibited by our ordinance.
10:25:49 But I'm not sure that there is.
10:25:54 I think if we put this in place, that would also stop
10:25:58 anybody from distributing leaflets in our public
10:26:01 If they do it on private entry or the entrance to their
10:26:04 facilities, they would still be able to do it, but
10:26:07 not --
10:26:11 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Not on sidewalks?
10:26:13 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Right.
10:26:13 It would be within this ban if we are going to put
10:26:16 something in place that's going to stop street
10:26:19 solicitation in the right-of-way.
10:26:22 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So if we proceed, then we are looking
10:26:24 at a ban on sidewalks, a ban of all solicitation?
10:26:33 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Depending on what action you decide to
10:26:36 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Right.
10:26:40 The ban I'm talking about.
10:26:41 >>REBECCA KERT: Legal department.
10:26:43 Any of the bans that we have been talking about limited
10:26:45 or otherwise only deal with a pedestrian having some
10:26:50 sort of exchange with a motor vehicle, when that motor
10:26:52 vehicle is in a travel lane.
10:26:54 So it is not sidewalk to sidewalk.
10:26:57 Anyone can stand on the sidewalk and hand out
10:27:01 That is one of the things than is the cornerstone of
10:27:03 the first amendment.
10:27:04 That's been upheld by the Supreme Court.
10:27:07 But what has not been -- I'm not aware of any case that
10:27:11 says anyone has any sort of Constitutional right to
10:27:15 exchange from a pedestrian -- any sort of exchange with
10:27:18 a handbill, otherwise to a motor vehicle when it is in
10:27:21 the line of traffic.
10:27:22 Now that being said, if there is any sort of federal
10:27:24 law that applies particularly to unions, we will not
10:27:28 violate that law.
10:27:29 We will comply with it regardless of what our own
10:27:31 ordinance says because that would trump our ordinance.
10:27:37 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Therefore, if they are in the sidewalk
10:27:38 and the car is coming out of a driveway of a
10:27:40 construction site that is not a public right-of-way.
10:27:44 Or is it?
10:27:46 >>REBECCA KERT: That would be a factual question.
10:27:48 If it is not in fact on a public right-of-way then
10:27:51 these regulations would not apply.
10:27:53 Once they are on the public street it would.
10:27:56 >>JIM SHIMBERG: I also think it's important to note
10:27:57 that people that are walking, whether through downtown
10:28:00 or other places, if they are asking for assistance,
10:28:02 there's no prohibition on that.
10:28:05 Again we are only talking about the interaction between
10:28:09 an individual and motor vehicle that's in a travel
10:28:11 >>MIKE SUAREZ: This question is going to be for Mrs.
10:28:16 Kert, Mr. Shimberg.
10:28:19 Based on what you have seen of the Pasco proposed
10:28:22 ordinance, the Sunday exception, and based on your
10:28:24 legal experience and based on what you have seen in
10:28:27 terms of case law, is that going to be -- is that going
10:28:31 to hold water legally?
10:28:33 Or do you think that that will -- and I know I am
10:28:36 asking you for a legal opinion about something that
10:28:38 hasn't happened yet.
10:28:40 A hypothetical, do you think that this is puts someone
10:28:44 on a little shakier ground Constitutionally when comes
10:28:47 to speech on the right-of-way?
10:28:51 >>REBECCA KERT: Legal department.
10:28:53 To me, the Pasco County exception in Pasco County is
10:28:57 legally defensible or not.
10:29:03 -- as it applies to the City of Tampa, what I will say
10:29:05 is you have two ordinances that the Hillsborough County
10:29:07 and the St. Pete model where courts have recognized
10:29:12 that this behavior is inherently unsafe.
10:29:14 And they have recognized that a complete ban has been a
10:29:17 narrowly tailored approach to addressing the issue.
10:29:21 So we felt very comfortable or legally defensible.
10:29:26 Everyone can bring a challenge.
10:29:28 But at this point in time, those have been upheld at
10:29:33 least to a certain extent.
10:29:34 What hasn't been examined through the court system is
10:29:36 the Pasco County model.
10:29:38 That does not mean that that model is not legally
10:29:40 defensible, but that just means that a court is going
10:29:43 to very closely examine whether or not the exception on
10:29:47 Sunday, or part of the day Sunday, is actually based
10:29:52 upon the factual evidence that that in fact is safer
10:29:56 than other times.
10:29:58 Because they are going to want to look at if your
10:30:02 significant interest is public safety and the inherent
10:30:04 danger between pedestrians interacting with motor
10:30:07 vehicles in travel lanes, does your approach really
10:30:11 make sense, and is it really addressed to public
10:30:14 And that is a question City Council is going to have to
10:30:18 And all I can say is something that a court will
10:30:22 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Then let me follow up with a different
10:30:24 In these Constitutional challenges that come up, in the
10:30:28 case law that you have seen, do they use traffic
10:30:31 Do they use -- what kind of data do they use to prove
10:30:37 safe versus unsafe when comes to public safety in.
10:30:40 >>REBECCA KERT: They use different things.
10:30:42 Some jurisdictions have just said it's inherently
10:30:45 unsafe and there's no way to make it safe and courts
10:30:49 have upheld that.
10:30:51 Courts have also recognized there may be certain
10:30:53 locations and certain traffic patterns where the risk
10:30:58 is less.
10:30:59 So what you have to examine is whether or not you have
10:31:00 factual data to support that this is one of those
10:31:04 >> So there's really no standard in terms of safety
10:31:07 itself, just that when you make that decision it has to
10:31:11 be based on either safe or unsafe conditions.
10:31:17 >>JIM SHIMBERG: You have received some evidence from --
10:31:20 that shows that there is less traffic during certain
10:31:23 times of the week.
10:31:23 And so that's an example of the kind of evidence that
10:31:27 you would have to use if you were going to make the
10:31:32 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Council member Cowan.
10:31:35 >>MIKE COHEN: Just one follow-up on Councilman Suarez's
10:31:40 When you are examining the data to support a six-day
10:31:47 type proposal, would it not be true that the more
10:31:53 specific the data gets regarding the condition of
10:32:00 traffic patterns on the weekend -- on Sundays, the more
10:32:04 strongly it would tend to go to support the exemption?
10:32:09 And I guess what I am going towards here is that if you
10:32:14 have specific data that showed, for example, that there
10:32:16 was significantly less traffic on Sunday mornings, and
10:32:20 that there was significantly less traffic accidents on
10:32:23 Sunday mornings, wouldn't that go to bolstering the
10:32:28 case for the Sunday exemption?
10:32:36 Him shim yes.
10:32:37 That would.
10:32:38 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any council member who has not
10:32:39 spoken so I can go to round two that would care to
10:32:44 Mrs. Montelione?
10:32:45 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
10:32:50 The concern that I have, I think, is what Mr. Cohen was
10:32:52 maybe getting at, is if we do move forward with a
10:32:57 six-day ban, how defensible would that be in because
10:33:06 although traffic is lower overall perhaps in the city,
10:33:13 it may be increased on certain roads within the city.
10:33:18 For instance, a road in front of a church, someone
10:33:20 mentioned St. James united Methodist church on Cross
10:33:25 There may be increased traffic on Cross Creek or
10:33:27 another road that would have activity centers that are
10:33:34 busier on a Sunday than they are during the rest of the
10:33:37 So that's my concern with a six-day ban is the
10:33:43 And I think that's what you were getting at.
10:33:45 >> Once council makes a decision the way you would like
10:33:54 to proceed -- and again this is a workshop, and if you
10:33:57 decide to go forward you will be getting direction,
10:34:00 draft an ordinance for consideration and public
10:34:02 But finance you do pass an ordinance, and if someone
10:34:05 decides to challenge it, they would look at the basis
10:34:09 for your decision, and more specific the evidence is
10:34:15 that you have, consider it, and again, it's hard for us
10:34:19 to speculate on what could happen if someone
10:34:23 Again, the more specific evidence you have to help you
10:34:26 reach your decision is going to make it easier for us
10:34:29 to defend.
10:34:30 For example, I think in the Pasco example, they put a
10:34:36 provision in there that basically what they said was, I
10:34:39 think, we are going to put a complete ban in place.
10:34:42 However, we are going to make an exception for Sundays.
10:34:46 And then they said if that were to be challenged, that
10:34:50 would be basically severed from the rest of the
10:34:52 ordinance, and would also advise either put a full
10:34:59 seven-day ban in place, or if that was challenged.
10:35:03 So again, you have to look at what you put in place,
10:35:05 and then what potentially could be challenged.
10:35:08 And it's really kind of hard for us to answer a
10:35:11 question like that.
10:35:15 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Reddick?
10:35:17 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
10:35:18 I don't have a question for the attorney.
10:35:20 I do have a few comments I would like to make.
10:35:26 And I want to state very clearly that I do not support
10:35:32 a six-day ban at all.
10:35:37 And what I also want to state very clearly that last
10:35:41 week, over 400,000 people nationally apply for
10:35:50 unemployment compensation.
10:35:52 Florida has 10.8% unemployment rate.
10:36:01 We also have the state's highest home foreclosure rate.
10:36:08 And in a month or two from now, this city will be
10:36:14 laying off city employees.
10:36:21 Hillsborough County government will be play laying off
10:36:26 Some of these people are living from check to check.
10:36:36 And we are sitting here wanting to deny individuals to
10:36:45 earn a few dollars to feed their family or put food on
10:36:48 the table.
10:36:50 We can sit here in judgment, and also not worry about
10:36:56 where we are going to get our meal from, not worry
10:37:00 about the automobile that we drive, and not worry about
10:37:04 the home that we go to every night.
10:37:09 The thing that's appalling to me about this whole
10:37:12 issue, and that is it's 95-degree heat out there in the
10:37:21 City of Tampa every day.
10:37:25 These people are standing out there in 95-degree heat,
10:37:29 not because they want to.
10:37:31 And when we talk about this as a public safety issue, I
10:37:38 can tell you what a public safety issue is.
10:37:41 A public safety issue is when I travel throughout this
10:37:44 city and particularly my district and see all those
10:37:48 abandoned homes boarded up with vagrants, prostitutes,
10:37:55 drug addicts, that are living in these vacant homes.
10:38:03 And you have to say to yourself, who in the hell want
10:38:05 to live there next door to these homes?
10:38:08 That's a public safety issue.
10:38:12 So when we make these judgments of what we want to do
10:38:17 here, we need to take into consideration, yes, it's
10:38:24 about the issue, and some of these people are not all
10:38:28 legitimate, but we also need to take that these people,
10:38:38 some of them, do not want to be out there.
10:38:49 And we might see some city employees, when they get
10:38:54 laid off, standing on some street corner selling a
10:38:58 bottle of water.
10:39:00 And if you do, I hope you will have the courage to wind
10:39:06 your window down and give them a dollar for that bottle
10:39:09 of water, because the decision we make, when we deal
10:39:12 with the budget, could affect those same individuals.
10:39:17 So when we make the decision about banning -- and
10:39:20 finally, Mr. Chairman, let me just say this.
10:39:23 I think it's a selfish move by the Tribune and
10:39:26 "St. Pete Times," because they can stand there and say
10:39:32 they can support a six-day ban, but they cannot support
10:39:39 an African-American newspaper that publishes on Tuesday
10:39:45 and Friday.
10:39:49 Summer school is out.
10:39:50 You have got young African-American kids and living in
10:39:55 some of the highest crime rate neighborhoods will be
10:39:58 out there selling these papers on Tuesday and Friday
10:40:06 earning a living, avoid trying to rob your home, my
10:40:10 home, or making themselves a part of the crime
10:40:14 statistics for law enforcement.
10:40:18 And you want to deny them that opportunity because you
10:40:20 want to ban them six days a week, which you are not
10:40:27 taking into consideration that this paper around a --
10:40:30 paper a has been around for over sixty-some years.
10:40:35 The publisher was here.
10:40:36 If you want to put a ban in place for six days you have
10:40:39 to give consideration to the Florida Sentinel Bulletin.
10:40:42 And I would not support any ordinance or any ban that
10:40:47 does not include the Florida Sentinel Bulletin as a
10:40:50 part of this ordinance.
10:40:53 And as the publisher stated here this morning, you all
10:40:59 came before the editorial board, the majority of you,
10:41:01 and you stated your position.
10:41:04 Now you need to state your position and keep understood
10:41:09 consideration when you make your choice.
10:41:10 Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
10:41:13 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.
10:41:15 I don't allow clapping or standing up.
10:41:18 Please address yourself accordingly.
10:41:20 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
10:41:23 Thank you, Councilman Reddick, for leaving me
10:41:29 I guess that will never happen.
10:41:30 I was actually praying for laryngitis last night for
10:41:35 all of us.
10:41:36 But apparently these important issues are going to
10:41:41 continue to come back to the City of Tampa, Tampa City
10:41:44 So I have a couple of things.
10:41:49 Would it be all right if I ask questions?
10:41:52 I believe Ms. Andrews is still here from the sentinel?
10:41:57 She left.
10:41:58 So I'll say what the question is.
10:42:02 And not so much for an answer unless maybe somebody
10:42:06 from legal has.
10:42:09 But I agree with Mr. Reddick, and actually in the last
10:42:12 council, Councilman Scott and I had supported trying
10:42:18 to -- in order for one thing to allow the sentinel to
10:42:23 continue their major circulation is through sales on
10:42:27 the street, and we were trying to help that, so we
10:42:30 tried to do something which would allow sales on those
10:42:34 roads where they were doing it, and that didn't get any
10:42:38 support and didn't pass.
10:42:39 So that went away.
10:42:40 But I do believe that their sales are important and I
10:42:54 did want to ask him Mrs. Andrews how many they employ,
10:42:57 it's probably a lot, probably close to what the dailies
10:43:00 do, too.
10:43:01 So I think all this discussion about how we can save
10:43:03 these jobs and allow this kind of speech to continue
10:43:09 does not address one of the three or four major
10:43:14 So I think that's a problem, and we need to look at
10:43:28 I do have a question for Ms. Kert who has become a bit
10:43:31 of an expert on the ordinances.
10:43:33 One of the points you talked about was it being
10:43:36 narrowly tailored and there being factual evidence.
10:43:39 And one of the things you talked about under than, I
10:43:41 believe, was alternative avenues.
10:43:46 And when you talked about leaving alternative avenues,
10:43:50 that was for -- was that specific in those legal
10:43:55 decisions toward now sales?
10:43:59 Or was that for any kind of --
10:44:01 >>REBECCA KERT: Legal department.
10:44:03 The leaving open alternative channels of communication
10:44:05 is not narrowly tailored.
10:44:09 It applies to any regulation that is going to be in
10:44:13 your public forum.
10:44:14 That would be your parks.
10:44:15 That would be your --
10:44:19 >>MARY MULHERN: There were literally other alternative
10:44:21 places for speech to take place?
10:44:24 Is that what it is?
10:44:25 >>REBECCA KERT: Yes.
10:44:27 For example, if you were to -- I for example, if you
10:44:34 were to try to ban all of panhandling within the City
10:44:38 of Tampa, the courts, at least in our federal
10:44:41 circuit -- circuit, have said that's not Constitutional
10:44:44 because these people have no other place to go and that
10:44:46 is legitimate form of speech.
10:44:48 They have upheld very narrow areas for very specific
10:44:52 For example, in New York subways it's been upheld.
10:44:55 Some very limited areas it has.
10:44:57 But to totally ban an entire method of speech
10:45:00 throughout the city, you haven't left any alternative.
10:45:03 If we were to ban all hand billing on all public
10:45:06 property, that again oh would not leave us alternative
10:45:10 Avenue locations.
10:45:12 >> I would like to ask, I believe, Sarah Romeo, since
10:45:16 she's a person who talked about a couple questions for
10:45:22 you, because I think what's clear, what we don't have,
10:45:27 but I believe we have talked about it at our last
10:45:30 workshop and at some of other meetings where we talked
10:45:33 about panhandling, that there is no absolute analysis,
10:45:41 democratic -- or demographic analysis of who are the
10:45:46 people who are panhandling?
10:45:48 But we do know that, yes, some of them are criminals,
10:45:53 some of them have drug addictions, some of them are
10:45:57 homeless, some are not.
10:45:59 So if you feel like you have a breakdown of that, and
10:46:03 then if you could tell us what kind of man -- because
10:46:09 we don't just need alternatives for speech.
10:46:11 We need alternatives for people who are so desperate
10:46:15 that they are begging on major roadways.
10:46:17 And if you could give us some ideas about what we could
10:46:20 do to start to fix that problem.
10:46:22 >>> We do know in the last time approximately 17,775
10:46:32 homeless individuals are panhandling to make a living.
10:46:38 There was no demographics or data gathered as to their
10:46:41 impairment for drugs or alcohol, maybe mental illness.
10:46:45 But in the typical homeless population we know that a
10:46:47 very high incidence of the homeless are mentally ill,
10:46:51 or suffering from co-occurring which is a mental
10:46:54 illness and substance abuse problem at the same time.
10:46:58 We know that one of the largest segments of the
10:47:00 homeless population or growing in our community are
10:47:06 women and children.
10:47:08 My program specifically deals with homeless women in
10:47:12 all three areas.
10:47:13 One of course are homeless female veterans.
10:47:17 The real issue here is we have talked a lot about what
10:47:23 to ban, when to ban, who to ban, and hop this would
10:47:27 It does affect the most downtrodden people in our
10:47:31 community currently, because these are people who do
10:47:35 try to make a living even if they are selling
10:47:38 newspapers, they are making 25, $30 a day when they are
10:47:41 on the streets.
10:47:42 Many, many times they tell us what they are trying to
10:47:44 do get enough money just to get a motel room for that
10:47:48 That's what they are trying to do.
10:47:50 We see people on the streets now that I actually have
10:47:54 made a practice of over the last few month of stopping
10:47:56 and talking to them and asking why they are there and
10:47:59 what they are doing, because it is very distressing to
10:48:04 me to see in our community that we are not treating
10:48:08 these people with respect.
10:48:09 We do know that the majority of the homeless people in
10:48:12 our community over 80% are people who have worked here,
10:48:16 lived here.
10:48:17 They didn't come here because we have a lot of
10:48:20 sunshine, and as one of the people said earlier, they
10:48:22 are not panhandling in 95-degree heat because they want
10:48:26 They didn't grow up to make this their career.
10:48:28 They are desperate people.
10:48:30 What we really need is an alternative here just like
10:48:33 they have in St. Petersburg.
10:48:35 The model program that I have seen or heard about
10:48:37 anywhere in our country is the Safe Harbor program.
10:48:42 They will take people there 24 hours a day.
10:48:46 They will intake.
10:48:47 It is an old bus depot building.
10:48:50 Myself and a couple other people, Maria and Dr. Jason
10:48:54 Wilson have been very, very -- spent a lot of time
10:48:59 trying to find a building to bring to you and say this
10:49:01 is what we need.
10:49:02 We are trying to wrap a price tag around this.
10:49:05 There are a lot of people in the community here who
10:49:08 assist homeless people, Salvation Army, Metropolitan
10:49:11 Ministries, we have the homeless coalition which is the
10:49:14 umbrella for all the organizations that serve them.
10:49:16 But we do not have the capacity in our community
10:49:20 currently to deal with the high numbers of homeless we
10:49:23 There's 17,775 counted homeless people in our community
10:49:28 in February with 1500 shelter beds.
10:49:32 So you can see the numbers -- my programs are at
10:49:37 Metropolitan Ministries is at capacity.
10:49:39 Salvation Army is at capacity.
10:49:40 Mental health care is at capacity.
10:49:42 We need another resource.
10:49:46 Not to be rude or to fault anyone in the city, but you
10:49:48 have done also or nothing to assist the homeless
10:49:51 population and the growing numbers of people in need in
10:49:54 our community.
10:49:55 And I don't mean by passing a law to tell them then
10:49:59 can't be on the street anymore.
10:50:00 I mean, we have not had any public comment or discourse
10:50:05 or any true conversation of what are we going to do
10:50:12 when we pass this law?
10:50:13 How are we going to deal with these people?
10:50:15 I was giving you some numbers earlier to arrest and
10:50:20 violate 30 panhandlers a month, just 30 out of the over
10:50:24 1200 who are out there would result in $112,000 bill to
10:50:28 the city.
10:50:29 To take those same 30 people and divert them into a
10:50:32 shelter would cost $22,000.
10:50:36 So the savings of having a shelter or place to take
10:50:38 them is over $90,000 just on 30 people.
10:50:42 The numbers multiply and get much greater as we move
10:50:46 toward a more aggressive arrest record.
10:50:49 What we need is a shelter.
10:50:51 And we have people in this community who are working
10:50:55 overtime as volunteers.
10:50:56 No one is getting paid for this, to try to locate a
10:50:59 place that we could come to you with to say this is
10:51:01 where we want to develop, this is what it's going to
10:51:04 There are federal dollars that we could bring into this
10:51:06 community if we could show that we are assisting an
10:51:09 very, very at-risk population.
10:51:12 And that's what we would like to do.
10:51:18 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
10:51:19 Ms. Capin, and then Mr. Cohen and then Mrs. Montelione.
10:51:23 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Mrs. Romeo, stay, please.
10:51:28 First of all, I am going to say this.
10:51:30 On February 3rd, I have been here a year in July,
10:51:34 and this is the fourth, um, solicitation.
10:51:42 We have had two workshops.
10:51:45 But on February 3rd, I asked and did not receive a
10:51:52 second, that because the data was a year and a half old
10:51:55 from Mrs. Dorzback -- and I'm sorry but I have a
10:51:57 question for you after -- that in fact there is a
10:52:02 factual predicate for weekend, and from banning on
10:52:06 I would like to know if council would -- and I'm
10:52:09 reading from the minutes -- I would like to know if
10:52:13 council would entertain that in order to get the
10:52:16 empirical evidence to support that we are proposing
10:52:21 today, I have not seen the evidence that is factual
10:52:26 predicate for weekend.
10:52:28 I would like to ask council if they would entertain a
10:52:33 It was not seconded.
10:52:34 Now we are looking at a study.
10:52:36 Have we done this on February 3rd, and I also made
10:52:40 a motion to possible ban of a five-day, two-day back in
10:52:47 February 24th.
10:52:48 That did not get a second.
10:52:50 With a six-month sunset to study if it was working or
10:52:54 We would be eight weeks away or six weeks away from
10:52:58 that sunset.
10:52:59 Instead queer here at the beginning again.
10:53:02 I just want to say that as far as compromise, as far as
10:53:05 this issue, I have been there.
10:53:08 Now, when we look at St. Petersburg -- and this is --
10:53:15 Ms. Romeo, St. Petersburg, we could learn from that,
10:53:20 and we should learn from that.
10:53:21 That came about after their total ban.
10:53:28 Because of the cost of arresting and incarcerating the
10:53:31 people, that they have passed a law and an ordinance,
10:53:37 they have to find a place away -- a way of cutting the
10:53:41 cost on the arrests.
10:53:44 We have not gone that next step.
10:53:46 We have not even looked at that.
10:53:49 That was my purpose of a six-month sunset was so that
10:53:54 we could actually look at numbers and say -- and not
10:53:59 forget about we are -- this is a statistic that came
10:54:03 last week -- we are 5% of the state's population in
10:54:07 Hillsborough County and we have 16% of the homeless in
10:54:10 the state.
10:54:16 This is a symptom of the illness.
10:54:19 And the illness is unemployment and a lot of poor
10:54:27 If we are looking at safety I'm looking at the
10:54:37 statistics of the bicycle defendants in the area.
10:54:39 We should ban cars.
10:54:43 If we were looking at this issue.
10:54:46 You know, I want to be able -- and I think that
10:54:51 St. Petersburg is an example.
10:55:05 I believe it is a course to ban, and they have to find
10:55:09 a way to house these people other than arresting them
10:55:11 because they did not go away.
10:55:12 >>> My experience -- and I do run a homeless program in
10:55:22 St. Petersburg been there for 22 years for adult men
10:55:24 and women.
10:55:24 My experience within the city of St. Petersburg is that
10:55:26 they have been much more proactive and aggressive in
10:55:29 how to deal with their homeless population.
10:55:34 Prayer to Safe Harbor opened they opened hope.
10:55:39 And they had a makeshift camp which many of you recall
10:55:42 was raided one evening and tents were cut open and
10:55:46 people chased out causing a furor nationally.
10:55:51 I think St. Petersburg was known as the meanest city in
10:55:53 the United States for their actions against homeless.
10:55:55 What we really have to look at, Councilman Capin, is
10:56:00 that people do not choose to be homeless.
10:56:03 They are caught in a very downward spiral because of
10:56:06 many, many situations, conditions personally.
10:56:11 There are profiles on homeless and what creates that
10:56:13 homelessness, and that would take another workshop
10:56:16 meeting to discuss.
10:56:18 But many times, Councilman Reddick pointed out dab that
10:56:22 we are really affecting the most down oh trodden, the
10:56:28 poorest, the people who are really hanging from
10:56:30 paycheck to paycheck by this ordinance.
10:56:34 We are not really affecting how people sell newspapers
10:56:38 or how many days to ban.
10:56:40 What we are looking at is the ultimate goal of this
10:56:42 community should be -- how we are going to deal with so
10:56:45 many people who need our help.
10:56:47 These are people who have worked here in this community
10:56:49 for many years who rent apartments, who own homes, who
10:56:52 pay taxes, and who are good neighbors, who are now
10:56:56 desperate, who are now trying to protect their
10:56:58 We have the highest homeless rate of children in the
10:57:03 public school of any county in the State of Florida
10:57:05 We have more homeless children in our public school
10:57:08 than any other county in the State of Florida.
10:57:10 So we can sit here and talk about how the ban affect
10:57:14 sales of newspapers.
10:57:15 We can talk about how it's going to affect the safety.
10:57:17 And again, there is no evidence to really prove that
10:57:22 there is a safety issue.
10:57:23 But ultimately for me and for many people that work in
10:57:27 the field that I am in, what are we really going to do
10:57:29 about 17,775 people in our community who are homeless
10:57:34 and living on the streets, hand to mouth today?
10:57:37 That's the issue for me.
10:57:40 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
10:57:40 I have a question for legal.
10:57:50 We are looking at this, and through safety only, it
10:57:56 cannot be about jobs, it cannot be -- is that correct?
10:57:59 Am I following this correctly?
10:58:01 It cannot be about image.
10:58:03 It has to be about safety.
10:58:05 Or --
10:58:10 >>JIM SHIMBERG: That's correct, a specific thing that
10:58:13 you are trying to regulate.
10:58:14 Public safety which has been the predominant issue.
10:58:18 >>YVONNE CAPIN: And people in the median, with traffic,
10:58:25 most of the people are at traffic lights, at traffic
10:58:31 intersections, which have stop-and-go for the traffic
10:58:38 is for the most part stopped.
10:58:39 But we don't have any numbers on that.
10:58:42 For instance, when the map was put up. There were
10:58:45 certain intersections that were a lot -- there were a
10:58:48 lot of calls.
10:58:50 And geographic.
10:58:53 Is this something that's geographic as opposed to the
10:58:56 entire city where you have more situations?
10:59:09 >>> That's really in essence what we were trying to
10:59:12 show. You have to show the maps of the whole city but
10:59:16 New Tampa to the north, and then as you move south,
10:59:19 here in the USF area down to Busch Boulevard and
10:59:21 Fowler, as you work your way down Hillsborough, the
10:59:25 idea of the map is to show that why while there is
10:59:29 denser areas in the city, it seems to follow the major
10:59:31 arterials, but it is city-wide, as I slide it all the
10:59:37 way down to the peninsula north of MacDill.
10:59:43 The sprawl and density, I think, covers pretty well the
10:59:46 entire city.
10:59:52 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
10:59:52 That is all.
10:59:54 >>MIKE COHEN: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
10:59:58 I think anyone listening to this conversation can tell
11:00:01 that this is a very difficult issue, because there are
11:00:05 significant -- there are multiple issues that are
11:00:09 colliding with one another here, and I think it's
11:00:12 important that we separate out some of these issues
11:00:15 from one another so that we can begin to deal with each
11:00:17 of them individually.
11:00:19 And I am going to specifically respond to a couple of
11:00:24 things that Mr. Reddick said, because I happen to agree
11:00:26 with him, and I want to sort of extrapolate from there
11:00:31 on a couple of things.
11:00:33 The first is that the homeless problem and panhandling
11:00:44 problem are not the same.
11:00:45 They are separate.
11:00:45 And there was a census done recently of the homeless
11:00:48 population in Hillsborough County that showed that only
11:00:52 between 5 and 7% answered that panhandling was a way
11:00:59 that they actually earned money.
11:01:05 There is no question that we have a burgeoning homeless
11:01:09 problem in this community that needs to be dealt with,
11:01:11 but really it's a separate question of whether or not
11:01:14 people ought to be entering into lanes of traffic and
11:01:17 using medians as a means to either express themselves
11:01:24 or ask for money or ask for anything, for ma matter.
11:01:32 One of reasons that we are in this situation today is
11:01:34 because all of the jurisdictions surrounding us have
11:01:38 passed ordinances restricting or eliminating
11:01:43 Has driven people into our community that really more
11:01:48 than anything else, because we have been benevolent and
11:01:51 we have been -- we have not wanted to impose
11:01:55 restrictions on people that we know or down on their
11:01:58 luck and having a difficult time making it in society.
11:02:02 The problem is that as the other jurisdictions act one
11:02:05 by one, things become worse and worse and worse here on
11:02:09 our roadways, and citizens become more and more
11:02:12 agitated about this issue.
11:02:15 It's not a coincidence that the Westshore Alliance, the
11:02:18 downtown partnership and the Utah of south Florida all
11:02:22 came here today to ask us to do something.
11:02:25 They are concerned.
11:02:26 They are concerned because they see getting worse.
11:02:28 The police are concerned because they see getting
11:02:32 We are balancing that against all of our wish not to
11:02:36 further compound the unemployment problem by putting
11:02:40 legitimate vendors out of business.
11:02:42 And we are constrained in our ability to do that
11:02:45 because we have a Constitutional deference for free
11:02:50 speech in this country that's very, very high, and it's
11:02:53 very, very precious to us, and it goes back to very,
11:02:56 very beginning of our society.
11:02:59 But I do think that there may be another way that we
11:03:02 can look at this.
11:03:04 I know that a six-day ban is something that we have
11:03:06 talked a lot about.
11:03:07 I think it's something that we want to explore with the
11:03:11 city attorney going toward this New Port Richey/Pasco
11:03:14 County approach.
11:03:15 But there is another approach, too, and it may take
11:03:18 into account some of the concerns that Mr. Reddick
11:03:20 raised, and that's why I want to raise it here today.
11:03:24 It is something that it has been tried in a slightly
11:03:26 different form in Jacksonville.
11:03:32 To my knowledge it has not been challenged so it's not
11:03:34 possible to know how it wind its way through the legal
11:03:38 But what it would be is basically this.
11:03:43 We could repeal the ordinance that we have on the books
11:03:46 and default into Hillsborough County's seven-day ban.
11:03:50 And then we could pass a second ordinance specifically
11:03:53 exempting newspapers, all newspapers, all the time.
11:03:57 And here is the rationale for this approach.
11:04:02 There is a great deference in our Constitutional
11:04:04 jurisprudence to freedom of speech.
11:04:07 But there is another value that is very, very high that
11:04:09 goes way back to the beginning of the founding of this
11:04:12 country, and that's something called the government's
11:04:15 interest in a free marketplace of ideas.
11:04:17 The idea that a government has a really vested interest
11:04:24 in making sure that there is a robust dialogue going on
11:04:28 in the community where different voice are being heard.
11:04:32 And I don't think it would be totally beyond the bounds
11:04:36 to look into whether or not, understood that type of
11:04:39 predicate, we could make an exception for all
11:04:44 Our newspapers are in crisis.
11:04:46 The big ones and the small ones.
11:04:48 They are laying off employees.
11:04:50 They are having difficulty publishing.
11:04:51 And if they go out of business, it's going to be a
11:04:54 terrible thing for the democratic dialogue in this
11:04:59 community and we have an interest in making sure that
11:05:01 they continue to exist and continue to print.
11:05:04 So while I would be in support of a six-day ban, on the
11:05:09 public safety grounds, I would also be in support of
11:05:12 looking at it through a different prism.
11:05:14 And one of my hopes of coming out of today's workshop
11:05:17 is that we might be able to have the legal department
11:05:21 look at a couple of different alternative approaches as
11:05:26 we go about crafting an ordinance.
11:05:29 I also just want to make a general statement to the
11:05:32 comments that were made about the state of the economy
11:05:35 driving this problem.
11:05:39 There's no question that the state of the economy is
11:05:42 driving this problem.
11:05:44 But making the business climate continue to deteriorate
11:05:48 because of the perception that things are out of
11:05:50 control on our streets is not going to help bring jobs
11:05:54 back to this community and give these small businesses
11:05:58 the type of environment they are looking for in which
11:06:00 to conduct their business.
11:06:02 And as we weigh owl of these different concerns, seems
11:06:07 to me that that we need to separate out the issues and
11:06:12 try to address them each individually nap comprehensive
11:06:19 Thank you.
11:06:21 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.
11:06:22 Ms. Montelione.
11:06:22 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Well, Mr. Cohen, as Mr. Reddick did
11:06:26 with Councilwoman Mulhern, you said that very
11:06:35 Thank you.
11:06:36 And I also want to address some of the things that
11:06:38 Councilman Reddick brought up.
11:06:43 And that is, one of things that you mentioned was that
11:06:48 we can all sit up here and be comfortable, and we don't
11:06:51 have to worry about our homes and our jobs.
11:06:53 Our jobs, we don't have to worry about for another
11:06:56 three years.
11:06:57 But I for one am in the construction business and have
11:07:00 been in real estate construction most of my life.
11:07:03 I have worked three jobs at times to raise my son,
11:07:07 attend school, and make sure that we had a roof over
11:07:12 our head, and we came very close to losing it on more
11:07:14 than one occasion.
11:07:15 I have personally housed some of our construction
11:07:19 workers that have been laid off, by my own company, my
11:07:24 fiancée's company, in my home with his three children
11:07:27 and his pit bull, because they had nowhere else to go.
11:07:31 And I refused to see that this young man take his
11:07:36 daughter to a hotel that you pay for by the hour
11:07:41 because it was the only other way he had to keep a roof
11:07:44 over their head.
11:07:45 So he, his three children and his dog, moved into my
11:07:52 I have dealt with homelessness on a first-hand basis.
11:07:58 And this issue is very close to my heart.
11:08:01 I have worked with the homeless population.
11:08:06 I was part of the count with Tampa crossroads.
11:08:10 I have supported the homeless coalition.
11:08:14 And I am not callous to the reason that -- to the idea
11:08:23 that children do not grow up looking forward to a life
11:08:26 of begging on the streets, for a place to stay, or food
11:08:31 in their mouth.
11:08:34 I do want to say that, to address newspapers, I have
11:08:38 purchased the Florida Sentinel Bulletin on Tuesdays and
11:08:42 I have pulled over to the side of the road where there
11:08:44 is usually plenty of parking.
11:08:47 And I have purchased my paper from a parked vehicle or
11:08:51 by getting out of my car.
11:08:53 We live in a driver-through society.
11:08:55 We drive through drycleaners.
11:08:58 We drive through food.
11:09:00 We drive through many things, and we have become
11:09:04 accustomed to convenience.
11:09:07 Where I grew up in New York, there people didn't want
11:09:11 to get out of their car to go into a drugstore or photo
11:09:15 developing establishment to get their pictures
11:09:18 So there were kiosks in parking lots where you could
11:09:22 drive up, hand somebody your canister of film, fill out
11:09:25 a little slip like you do at the dry cleaner and come
11:09:28 back the next day and pick up your photographs.
11:09:33 Newspapers are struggling, and Mr. Cohen, I couldn't
11:09:37 have said it any better.
11:09:39 I do believe in free speech and the exchange of ideas.
11:09:42 And I feel that newspaper sales are very important.
11:09:47 But there are other ways other than in the middle of
11:09:49 the street, in a median that is 15 inches wide, to sell
11:09:56 I do want to explore other ideas and ways that the City
11:10:00 of Tampa can contribute to the overall problem of
11:10:03 homelessness and social service needs.
11:10:06 We are not in the social service business.
11:10:10 Social services is provided by the state and by
11:10:12 Hillsborough County, but we contribute to those
11:10:17 And I would like to see us do more in that way.
11:10:20 The statistics that people have referred to, 17,755
11:10:29 men, women and children homeless in Pinellas County on
11:10:32 any given night because expanded the definition of
11:10:37 We are trying to include people not just sleeping on
11:10:39 the streets but people who don't have any other place
11:10:41 to go like the worker that I housed in my home.
11:10:45 Whether they are doubling up or whether they are
11:10:47 spending the night in a motel.
11:10:50 65% responded that they have some source of income, and
11:10:55 of those, the five highest reported income were SSI,
11:11:00 Social Security income, or Social Security disability
11:11:03 income, unemployment.
11:11:06 17% of people who sleep on the streets or are
11:11:10 considered homeless are employed.
11:11:13 That speaks to another problem that we have that we
11:11:17 have people working in jobs that don't pay a
11:11:19 sustainable wage.
11:11:22 11% temporary financial assistance for family, 8%
11:11:26 receiving unemployment compensation, and 7% receiving
11:11:31 funds from panhandling.
11:11:32 So panhandling is not necessarily our overarching
11:11:39 Again, we have in other ways, many of us have all said,
11:11:42 it is a larger issue.
11:11:47 I would support the compromise that Mr. Cohen --
11:11:52 councilman Cohen mentioned.
11:11:55 I would support a six-day ban.
11:11:57 I personally one support a seven-day ban and a repeal
11:12:03 of our ordinance to be consistent with Hillsborough
11:12:05 Because having a ban would drive individuals into the
11:12:11 programs that they need and not have them begging on
11:12:15 the streets for money.
11:12:19 I would like to see increase in funding for the
11:12:23 homeless coalition.
11:12:26 Currently, from my understanding, we provide $75,000 to
11:12:30 the homeless coalition.
11:12:34 25 of that comes from CDBG fund and 55 of that comes
11:12:38 from our general revenue dollars.
11:12:42 The 757,000 total that we are contributing to the
11:12:46 homeless coalition is less than the 90,000 number that
11:12:49 has been quoted bizarre rah Romeo of Tampa crossroads.
11:12:53 So we are spending less on providing homeless services
11:12:57 than we are looking forward to spending to arrest
11:13:02 But it is a safety issue.
11:13:04 And it is also a safety issue in my mind.
11:13:08 I live near Busch Gardens.
11:13:09 I see homeless people every day on Busch and 30th
11:13:13 street, on Busch and 40th Street, on Fowler and
11:13:18 I have never been accosted.
11:13:21 The gentleman says good morning, ma'am, to me every
11:13:24 He doesn't know who I am.
11:13:25 He doesn't know that I hold his way of living in my
11:13:27 hands today along with my other council members.
11:13:32 And I will close with this.
11:13:36 I do want to see us come out of here with creative ways
11:13:40 to fund homeless services.
11:13:43 I think that we can use some NSP-2 money to offer NSP
11:13:48 for housing, individuals in need of rapid rehouse ugh.
11:13:51 We can write that into an RFP and we could supply money
11:13:55 from the NSP dollars, not necessarily impacting in a
11:13:59 tremendous way our city budget.
11:14:04 I would like to ask that we identify some opportunities
11:14:07 in our budget for increasing that money we provide to
11:14:11 the homeless coalition in addition to what might be
11:14:13 spent in increased police services or jail time for
11:14:20 Because it would be a lot more expensive to arrest and
11:14:24 house people in jail rather than house people in
11:14:26 programs where they might get the services they need.
11:14:29 And we do have a lot of returning military that really
11:14:35 need increased services.
11:14:36 They need job services.
11:14:38 They need job training.
11:14:39 They need food assistance.
11:14:41 They need medical assistance.
11:14:42 They need mental health counseling.
11:14:45 And I think that's the direction we need to go.
11:14:47 I think that this is a more complex issue than just
11:14:53 Thank you for allowing me.
11:14:56 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
11:14:57 Mr. Suarez.
11:14:57 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
11:15:00 First of all, I would like to thank Councilman Cohen
11:15:03 for coming up with this workshop.
11:15:06 I think it's a great idea.
11:15:07 It something that we all heard about when we were
11:15:11 One of the things that I would tell people when I was
11:15:13 running for office was that nothing that I do either
11:15:16 for or against a ban on panhandling is going to solve
11:15:20 the problem of homelessness.
11:15:22 I think we all know that.
11:15:23 I think we all share that.
11:15:25 I appreciate the fact that so many people came here
11:15:27 today to talk about this issue.
11:15:30 But it's a systemic issue.
11:15:32 It's a problem that comes from society and not from
11:15:37 necessarily individuals.
11:15:38 Some of it is.
11:15:39 But most of it is from the state of the economy, as we
11:15:42 have heard so eloquently from other people today.
11:15:46 Unfortunately, this board and this city is not the
11:15:50 place in which we can solve the problems of
11:15:54 I appreciate the fact that Sarah Romeo is here from
11:15:56 crossroads, some of the other folks from social service
11:15:59 agencies, but I'm very disappointed that there weren't
11:16:01 more people from other charitable organizations that do
11:16:04 provide help to the homeless were here to talk about
11:16:08 how we can try to solve this problem.
11:16:10 I do believe that it is a shelter issue.
11:16:14 Sarah and I talked about this before.
11:16:16 The cost for shelter from Salvation Army side, and
11:16:19 where and how they release folks in the mornings, is a
11:16:23 big issue.
11:16:24 But it is an issue that has to be solved from social
11:16:27 service analysis, and from other agencies that are
11:16:30 specifically designated to solve this problem.
11:16:32 The city is not the place that is meant to solve this
11:16:37 particular issue.
11:16:39 A couple other issues.
11:16:41 Federal agencies are cutting back on moneys.
11:16:44 State agencies are cutting back on moneys provided to
11:16:46 the homeless.
11:16:47 We need to do more than try to help out folks.
11:16:50 But, at the same time, our city budget is shrinking.
11:16:53 Mr. Reddick pointed out earlier that we may and
11:16:57 probably will be laying off folks.
11:17:00 And we don't want ton see people out on the street that
11:17:02 have been employees of the city previously.
11:17:06 But that may happen.
11:17:08 Again, it is not the city's place in order to provide a
11:17:12 lot of these services.
11:17:13 I do like some of the individual ways that Mrs.
11:17:16 Montelione has brought up in terms of what we may be
11:17:19 able to do in, terms of money than weep already
11:17:23 Tampa Police Department has come up and said that we
11:17:27 are not in the business of putting these folks in jail.
11:17:32 They have told me this privately.
11:17:34 They said it publicly.
11:17:35 And I believe them.
11:17:36 I think that what will happen based on what the
11:17:41 assistant chief said will happen, that compliance will
11:17:45 come to bear when an ordinance is passed.
11:17:50 I ran on a platform that did call for a complete ban.
11:17:54 But I am not immune to any suggestions to try to bring
11:17:58 up the issue of free speech.
11:18:01 I know, for example, that both the sentinel, the
11:18:05 Tribune, the "St. Pete Times," all sell papers at
11:18:09 different times during the week, mostly Sundays, but
11:18:12 also during the week for the sentinel.
11:18:14 There are ways that we can look at how we can bring
11:18:17 these folks into the fold to try and exempt them.
11:18:22 But I do think we are going to have a Constitutional
11:18:24 challenge to that.
11:18:25 I don't want to spend money to have legal challenges,
11:18:28 but at the same time we need to be able to balance
11:18:30 these issues in the right way.
11:18:34 Mr. Cohen's idea is intriguing and interesting.
11:18:37 I would like to take a look at that when we are
11:18:40 designing it.
11:18:41 And I'm sure when we leave here today we'll tell legal
11:18:44 to try to take a look at that particular ordinance, in
11:18:47 Jacksonville to see whether or not it would be
11:18:49 something we can do.
11:18:50 But I will say this.
11:18:55 The issue of homelessness will always be here,
11:19:01 There isn't enough money, especially now, to provide
11:19:04 for the homeless.
11:19:05 We need to do more among our communities.
11:19:08 One of the people that are already out there already
11:19:11 providing the services in order to help them help the
11:19:16 And until we do that, nothing we say here, nothing we
11:19:19 do here, is going to matter.
11:19:21 Because this is about our community.
11:19:23 It about us helping each other out as neighbors, not
11:19:27 looking to government to solve problems, and not
11:19:29 looking towards money to solve these problems.
11:19:32 Sometimes, as Mrs. Montelione pointed out, it just
11:19:37 takes a bit of kind newspapers to bring someone to your
11:19:39 home to help them out when they are having a bad time.
11:19:41 Until we realize that, and until we stop looking
11:19:46 towards everyone else as a problem, or everyone else to
11:19:50 solve a problem, we are never going to solve these
11:19:54 It was pointed out earlier that Catholic charities
11:19:57 tried to come up with a solution, or at least a partial
11:20:00 solution to some of these problems.
11:20:01 And the county commission decided not to encourage it
11:20:04 and not to vote in favor of that.
11:20:06 I have not seen another entity or another group of
11:20:10 entities to come up with something like that.
11:20:14 Unfortunately, because of the constraints that we have
11:20:16 both in terms of our budget, in terms of the type of
11:20:20 organization that we have, we are not built for social
11:20:24 This not what the city does.
11:20:26 I would support a total ban.
11:20:28 I would like to see a compromise, though, and hopefully
11:20:31 we can come up with something to help exempt some of
11:20:35 folks that are trying to earn a living on the street,
11:20:39 and hopefully the public safety issue, which I know is
11:20:43 very much on everyone's mind, will be able to be
11:20:47 solved, but at the same time fit in Constitutionally
11:20:49 and legally.
11:20:50 Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
11:20:52 12347 thank you, sir.
11:20:56 Ms. Mulhern.
11:20:57 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
11:21:02 I'm going to try to make this -- I won't make any
11:21:08 Everyone has come up with great proposals here today on
11:21:13 this dais.
11:21:18 Councilman Chairman Miranda and I have been talking
11:21:21 about this and Councilwoman Capin for a year, and
11:21:26 probably a year and a half or two years that we have
11:21:28 been talking about this on council.
11:21:30 So a lot of the issues brought up today, I think legal
11:21:34 has already either explored or at least opined on what
11:21:38 we can do.
11:21:38 But I want to start out with what I think is -- let's
11:21:43 put this in perspective.
11:21:44 This problem, this issue, this push for a ban on
11:21:48 panhandle came from a large -- I don't know if it's a
11:21:53 majority of our constituents, because I won the
11:21:56 reelection running against two people who were in
11:21:58 support of a total ban.
11:22:00 So I don't know if there's even a majority of the
11:22:04 public who wants us to ban panhandling.
11:22:07 There probably is.
11:22:08 But that's why we are here, because there was a public
11:22:12 So our job was to see legally and as a community, and
11:22:21 city government, what we could do to address that
11:22:23 problem, and we have been talking about it for a long
11:22:26 time because it's so complicated both legally, and I
11:22:29 think morally.
11:22:31 So I think the basis for any kind of action, any kind
11:22:35 of ordinance, we have been told, is public safety
11:22:40 I don't feel like we have seen a -- if you put this in
11:22:44 perspective of the public safety questions, as was so
11:22:47 eloquently brought up by Councilman Reddick,
11:22:53 panhandling on the streets is not a significant public
11:22:55 safety problem when you look at the violent crime, you
11:23:00 look at -- if you just look at even safety in the
11:23:07 roadways, our problems have been for workers on the
11:23:10 street getting hurt, when they are on the side of the
11:23:15 For bicyclists, 12 deaths in one year, and we have
11:23:18 maybe one death of a panhandler who was inebriated, and
11:23:22 I'm not even sure that was in the city.
11:23:24 I think it was in the county.
11:23:27 So we have no idea if that had anything to do with the
11:23:30 person panhandling or if he was just drunk wandering in
11:23:35 the street.
11:23:35 So I think that the public safety issue is
11:23:39 What it really then comes down to, I think more, is the
11:23:43 And I understand when people say "it looks bad."
11:23:48 And I actually think this last City Council compounded
11:23:50 it with the neon vests, because what it did was made
11:23:56 panhandlers become even more noticeable in those vests,
11:24:00 and really the outcry about kind of came after that.
11:24:03 So it is an image problem.
11:24:06 But banning panhandling is not going to help with this
11:24:09 overall problem that everyone has been talking about
11:24:11 here today.
11:24:13 It's the fact of unemployment, of poverty, of
11:24:16 homelessness, of lack of services for all these people,
11:24:21 lack of jobs, lack of income.
11:24:22 That's why people are out there panhandling.
11:24:25 Those people, if they can't panhandle, are still going
11:24:28 to have to find a way to raise whatever little bit of
11:24:32 money that is.
11:24:33 We know there's 7% of the homeless population, which is
11:24:37 more than a thousand people, does panhandle.
11:24:40 They do that in order to find a place to sleep, or to
11:24:44 cover whatever needs they have.
11:24:46 So I think the image problem, this is not going to be a
11:24:51 solution for it.
11:24:51 If we want Tampa to be a place where people want to
11:24:55 come and do business, we need to be a livable city, and
11:25:00 the things that -- the number one thing that we can do
11:25:02 is provide jobs and be a welcoming place to live.
11:25:08 And I think this assertion that people are coming here
11:25:13 because we have -- aren't coming here because we have
11:25:16 panhandlers, there's no proof of that, and the reality
11:25:19 is, Florida is in trouble, the unemployment is so bad
11:25:23 here, the fact that maybe we have more panhandlers
11:25:26 here, it is perhaps because other cities passed this.
11:25:30 But I think if we are going to solve these problems, as
11:25:37 Councilwoman Capin said, this is the symptom of this
11:25:41 the reel really bad problem.
11:25:43 And I think this is not really going to be a big
11:25:46 solution to it.
11:25:47 So the other thing I want to address is Mr. Cohen's,
11:25:53 you know, really great ideas, and support for the media
11:25:58 and for free speech and for the press and the
11:26:01 marketplace of ideas.
11:26:02 But that was the question I believe that came up, you
11:26:06 know, probably a year and a half, two years ago, can we
11:26:14 just to continue to allow newspaper sales?
11:26:17 And the answer we got from legal department was no.
11:26:19 So I support us further into that to see if we can do
11:26:24 that to find out because I do want to support our
11:26:27 But I would also like to point out that someone asking
11:26:29 for money, or holding a sign, that's free speech, too.
11:26:34 And we are really in danger.
11:26:37 This is what really worries me.
11:26:39 This is the slippery slope.
11:26:40 And especially when we hear that the downtown
11:26:46 partnership is really in favor of this ban.
11:26:51 And it does happen on the streets downtown.
11:26:53 But what happens next, if we outlaw -- if we
11:26:57 criminalize asking for money, that is the effect of
11:27:04 this ban on panhandling.
11:27:06 We criminalize it on certain roads.
11:27:09 And I guess on all roadways.
11:27:19 What does that mean?
11:27:20 We don't want them doing it in the parks.
11:27:22 If we have pass an ordinance where else can they go?
11:27:25 Well, they can go to the parks.
11:27:26 Then we start criminalizing that.
11:27:28 I know there was an attempt to do that a few years ago
11:27:32 and I'm not sure if it passed or not.
11:27:35 So this is a very slippery slope where we say you can't
11:27:38 be a beggar, you can't be poor, and be asking for help
11:27:44 in public.
11:27:45 And so I think the question, I not just a question of
11:27:49 free speech, it's a question of saying this is who I
11:27:56 Unfortunately, this what am I going to do?
11:28:01 So I worry about what kind of precedent we set with
11:28:03 this, and where we go next.
11:28:05 And then the last thing I want to talk about is I think
11:28:09 the positive result of this discussion is all the
11:28:18 people hear including us, I believe our police
11:28:21 department proposing that we have a TPD liaison.
11:28:24 I don't know if we talked about that today but we had a
11:28:28 proposal that we asked for out of our community
11:28:32 development block grant money this year, asked for
11:28:35 $50,000 for a police officer that is a liaison to the
11:28:39 And that's a great idea.
11:28:42 But that only works if he has or she has somewhere to
11:28:45 direct these people.
11:28:48 You know, if you are going to -- a panhandler on the
11:28:52 street and saying what are you doing, why are you doing
11:28:55 Oh, I need somewhere to sleep tonight.
11:28:58 There's somewhere to send them.
11:28:59 And we don't have that.
11:29:00 And I think we should learn from what happened in
11:29:03 Pinellas because they passed their ban.
11:29:05 If this council is going to pass a ban, we have got to
11:29:08 have-open if we have this I am annal problem we have,
11:29:20 how are we going to solve the underlying problem?
11:29:29 We don't have a social services department.
11:29:31 We do have federal funding.
11:29:33 And part of the reason that we are not hearing from
11:29:36 some of these charities, they have been here over and
11:29:38 over, and they are probably busy helping the homeless
11:29:41 people right now.
11:29:42 But it also because they do depend on us for the
11:29:45 funding for that.
11:29:46 Part of their funding, a large part of their funding is
11:29:49 federal funding that comes down through us so we do
11:29:52 have a responsibility ton look at our budget and
11:29:56 especially if we are going to pass a ban that's going
11:29:59 to hurt these people, we have to say, okay, and it
11:30:02 going to cost us money to enforce.
11:30:06 Our money and our budget to support a place for these
11:30:10 people to go, and I think there's $12 million worth of
11:30:16 CDBG money we heard about last week.
11:30:19 I can't remember if that's the right figure.
11:30:21 Something like $12 million.
11:30:23 We were asked for this little $50,000 to have a
11:30:28 Why don't we ask for a bigger chunk of some of that
11:30:32 CDBG money, and this council can do that to go into
11:30:42 something that the model like St. Pete had.
11:30:45 And I think for us to pass some kind of ban without
11:30:47 doing that, making that financial commitment, that
11:30:51 commitment to find a place for people to go, shouldn't
11:30:55 And so lastly, I want to appeal to the mayor because he
11:31:02 came here, what it is first tore speak and said he want
11:31:04 this to pass.
11:31:06 Here is what he can do.
11:31:10 He can appeal, and we can appeal, too, but I think the
11:31:15 mayor will have bigger appeal, to the private sector,
11:31:19 We have downtown partnership, Westshore Alliance, all
11:31:22 of these businesses that want this to go away.
11:31:31 We need some private sector commitment to building a
11:31:34 Mace for these people to go and for that kind of
11:31:38 So the mayor needs to get behind that and meet with
11:31:40 them, and also we need to look at this funding that we
11:31:49 have, CDBG funding, and find other ways to help with
11:31:52 this problem.
11:31:53 One police officer isn't enough.
11:31:57 And if banning panhandling is such a big priority then
11:32:03 solving the problem of where these people are going to
11:32:05 go and helping to not just push people away but find
11:32:10 somewhere for them to go is just as important.
11:32:21 You I am going to listen to my colleagues but I am not
11:32:24 for supporting any kind of ban that doesn't include a
11:32:26 commitment of dollars from the city, and an appeal to
11:32:30 the private sector to work on the problem of lack of
11:32:38 place for people to sleep at night very, very minimum.
11:32:43 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me, if I may, put in my two
11:32:45 cents before we continue.
11:32:46 I am not enclosing this discussion by council members
11:32:48 right now.
11:32:49 You see, I sit here and I listened like all of us
11:32:53 listened, and I look at the audience.
11:32:55 You know what comes to my mind first of all?
11:32:58 We passed over $750 million budget, and maybe two of
11:33:02 you show up.
11:33:08 So what I see here is an ingredient that all of you
11:33:11 want to solve a problem.
11:33:12 Both side.
11:33:13 And I don't count heads.
11:33:14 But if my memory serves me correct, the people that
11:33:17 spoke for those 45 or 50 minutes, it was so evenly
11:33:24 divided could you split them.
11:33:26 They all had great ideas.
11:33:28 They all wanted to solve a problem.
11:33:32 When you listen to council members there were no
11:33:34 speeches coming from a list of things they wrote.
11:33:37 They were speaking from the heart.
11:33:38 And to me that's more important than anything else.
11:33:41 They realize what the problem is.
11:33:43 However, realizing a problem and solving one is two
11:33:47 different things.
11:33:52 All of us realize what your own needs are.
11:33:54 But also you have to realize how to solve your own
11:33:58 It is not I'm a little older than most.
11:34:05 You don't have to chuckle there, Mr. Reddick.
11:34:08 [ Laughter ]
11:34:08 But what I see, and I remember hearing newspaper sales.
11:34:12 And I am not going to ask you to wave your hand or
11:34:14 anything like that but how many of you remember the old
11:34:17 Ford restaurant?
11:34:18 It looked like a tombstone.
11:34:20 There was a fellow something, "newspaper, newspaper,"
11:34:24 selling newspapers.
11:34:25 You remember that when you were a young boy and girl.
11:34:27 Everybody was selling newspapers.
11:34:28 You remember the Columbia restaurant, 22nd and 7th
11:34:32 Avenue selling newspapers.
11:34:33 Mother and son.
11:34:39 It deposition back to the beginning of time.
11:34:41 And I am not here to speak for the newspaper industry.
11:34:43 What I am saying is how you solve this problem, it's
11:34:46 not only in St. Pete, not only in Hillsborough County,
11:34:51 Florida, it's in the whole United States of America and
11:34:53 when you look at it in the whole world.
11:34:55 Look at the problem they are having in different
11:34:57 countries in finances.
11:34:59 Look at our own problem in finances.
11:35:01 Look at the debt service you have to face.
11:35:02 We all may be homeless.
11:35:04 Who knows?
11:35:08 So what I am trying to say is, it's a very difficult
11:35:10 issue, although it's simple when you say panhandling.
11:35:14 Panhandling is only the tip of the iceberg.
11:35:18 And it's a problem that we have to address long-term.
11:35:22 How do you solve that problem?
11:35:24 I don't know.
11:35:25 I'll be very sincere with you.
11:35:30 If I was asked for an opinion how to solve the problem,
11:35:34 I guess the answer would be "I'll get with you later"
11:35:38 because no one knows.
11:35:39 So I have heard some great, great remarks by council
11:35:44 I have heard bans, no bans, let's take the ban from
11:35:48 Hillsborough County, initiated, then bring back another
11:35:51 ordinance to exempt the newspapers.
11:35:53 I have heard a six-day with Sundays available.
11:35:56 I have heard all kinds of compromises.
11:35:58 And I think that's good and healthy.
11:36:01 See, only in this country do we have this give and
11:36:03 You go to a dictatorship, there's only one statement,
11:36:06 whoever the dictator is, and that's the end.
11:36:11 So thank God we are not there.
11:36:13 And it's a situation here that it's very heartwarming
11:36:19 to see people that take people into the house and helps
11:36:22 them out, and people who give, and this situation could
11:36:25 be solved without any ordinance.
11:36:28 People didn't give, they wouldn't be there.
11:36:34 That's a hard statement even to make.
11:36:36 But that's the truth.
11:36:38 You wouldn't need police protection.
11:36:40 You wouldn't need arrests.
11:36:41 You wouldn't need anything.
11:36:42 But America is about helping people that are down.
11:36:45 That's why they give.
11:36:48 There's an old saying, remember, people on the way up,
11:36:52 because you may be the one going down the other side of
11:36:54 the stepladder.
11:36:55 And that happens quite often.
11:36:58 It's not about richness and poorness and color and
11:37:02 ethnicity and who are you and who were you born, how
11:37:05 long have you been here?
11:37:06 It's a current problem.
11:37:08 In fact, people come here really for two reasons in
11:37:10 this area, or used to.
11:37:12 It changing now.
11:37:13 Because we only have two seasons, Christmas and summer.
11:37:17 And now the summers are getting so Holt they are only
11:37:20 coming at Christmas.
11:37:21 So it's a situation that that's very compelling.
11:37:26 How do you solve one newspaper problem without hurting
11:37:28 the other one, putting the other out of business?
11:37:32 So I would ask the legal department on what you heard,
11:37:36 is it legally possible to go understood the -- and let
11:37:41 me say this.
11:37:42 Once you start with a full ban, are you going to tell
11:37:47 me we are going -- it working so well they want a
11:37:50 six-day ban? That will never happen.
11:37:52 Politically, had won't happen.
11:37:54 So where I'm saying is, ordinances can be changed.
11:37:57 So if you start with a six-day ban and it doesn't work,
11:38:00 you can go to believe a full ban.
11:38:01 But if you have a full ban and it works, you would
11:38:03 never, never realize if a six-day ban ever worked
11:38:07 because no one is ever going to bring it back again.
11:38:09 That's the reality of the truth of the matter
11:38:12 politically, period.
11:38:13 So for the legal department, is it -- what I heard was
11:38:19 a statement by Mr. Cohen, very compassionate speaker,
11:38:22 so was Mr. Reddick, so were the rest of the council
11:38:25 members spoke very eloquent and very compassionate on
11:38:28 this issue.
11:38:29 Is it possible to go back to the Hillsborough County
11:38:31 ordinance, and then bring back an ordinance that
11:38:34 excludes only newspapers legally, defensibly, a
11:38:40 thousand percent, not a hundred?
11:38:44 >>JIM SHIMBERG: As Mr. Cohen mentioned that is in place
11:38:46 in Jacksonville.
11:38:46 There's a special provision that allows newspaper
11:38:52 And as Mr. Cohen mentioned earlier, as far as we know,
11:38:56 that specific has not been challenged.
11:39:02 Mr. Cohen makes some good argument and our department
11:39:05 will vigorously defend any ordinance you guys adopt if
11:39:09 it's challenged.
11:39:10 So my answer would be, council can do what you think is
11:39:14 the right thing to do after listening to the evidence
11:39:16 and considering all the factors.
11:39:19 And if you do that, we will defend it.
11:39:21 If someone challenges it.
11:39:22 I think that Jacksonville ordinance has been on the
11:39:24 books since, I think, maybe 2004.
11:39:30 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me say this.
11:39:31 I also don't want to put the administration on their
11:39:33 heels by passing an ordinance and not giving them time
11:39:35 to look at some avenues to solve the problem.
11:39:38 To pass one and say here it is, now you handle it, then
11:39:43 I'm not doing much to solve the problem other than I
11:39:46 took it off my shoulders and put it on somebody else's
11:39:50 shoulders which I don't like to do.
11:39:52 Is there any way of passing an ordinance which would
11:39:54 then give the administration, from what I heard from
11:39:58 Mrs. Montelione, Mrs. Capin, Mr. Suarez, Mr. Reddick,
11:40:03 Mr. Cohen, Mr. Mulhern -- I did that to be a good
11:40:10 chairman -- so the administration can completely
11:40:12 understand what was said, and about applying for
11:40:15 federal dollars, to work within the system to solve --
11:40:19 we are not going to solve 100 percent of these
11:40:22 problems, because they are -- it's like foreclosure.
11:40:24 You solve 1,000.
11:40:26 Another 1500 show up.
11:40:27 So it's a situation that is very dire.
11:40:31 It's a situation that should be addressed.
11:40:33 I think, yes, there is a public safety, but I also
11:40:36 believe that the.
11:40:37 Of the evidence to me is that it's a situation if
11:40:41 somebody wanted to come in, to move in, to higher
11:40:43 somebody, possibly the same ones that are employed,
11:40:45 won't come.
11:40:46 And it's an image problem as long as -- the same amount
11:40:51 as a problem of public safety.
11:40:54 And Mrs. Dorzback, on Sundays -- I'm sorry, one second,
11:40:59 Mr. Mrs. Dorzback.
11:41:00 On Sundays, it was put into the record that on Sundays
11:41:03 you have about a 45% less traffic count in certain
11:41:07 Is that about correct?
11:41:09 >> Jean Dorzback, transportation division.
11:41:11 There was information in the letter that was received.
11:41:15 Again, that was taking a portion of the information out
11:41:18 of a very comprehensive study.
11:41:21 So I think part of the problem is there's a lot of
11:41:23 different ways to extract information from these
11:41:26 studies and put a different perspective on it.
11:41:29 So for that particular statement that was made, it was
11:41:32 based on a particular portion of information from a
11:41:34 study, and that not necessarily a statement that is
11:41:37 made for the entire City of Tampa.
11:41:40 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: All right.
11:41:40 Let me ask you another question since you are the
11:41:42 expert and we are not.
11:41:43 Is it true or not true that on Sundays you have a much
11:41:46 lesser traffic count throughout the City of Tampa?
11:41:49 Not a specific location but throughout the City of
11:41:52 >>JEAN DORZBACK: Again, I would like to answer the
11:41:55 question very carefully.
11:41:58 On specific roadways, at certain times, there could be
11:42:02 less traffic.
11:42:04 On the weekends, we tend to have special events.
11:42:07 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I understand that.
11:42:08 And I don't mean to make this a complex issue.
11:42:11 I know if there's a football game you are going to have
11:42:13 a lot more traffic on Dale Mabry.
11:42:14 I understand that.
11:42:16 >>JEAN DORZBACK: Right.
11:42:17 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: But I'm talking the whole city.
11:42:19 Do you have less traffic if there were no events?
11:42:23 >>JEAN DORZBACK: I would say in general, during the
11:42:25 traditional morning and afternoon times of day, we
11:42:28 generally have less traffic during those times than we
11:42:32 do during the weekday.
11:42:35 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
11:42:41 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Could I ask a question?
11:42:43 In terms of come back and the time, clearly, at this
11:42:46 workshop council can pass a motion giving direction for
11:42:49 administration to come back and report on opportunities
11:42:53 available to fund some of those programs, and/or you
11:42:58 can give us direction to bring back an ordinance for
11:43:01 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: That's what I am trying to get at so
11:43:03 the administration is not shocked to say, here it is,
11:43:05 do it, so that if something is brought up that is
11:43:08 passed by four council members, then than way the
11:43:10 administration, we can't say in that ordinance,
11:43:13 tomorrow it your problem, bye-bye.
11:43:17 We'll work with you to solve the problem within a
11:43:19 guideline time so that we can both work together, the
11:43:21 legislative and the administrative.
11:43:23 That's all I am saying.
11:43:24 I want to be helpful.
11:43:25 Council members, I believe, want to be helpful.
11:43:28 And I think we want to solve or trail to solve as much
11:43:31 of this problem as we can.
11:43:32 I understand about the leaflets and private properties
11:43:36 and city rights-of-way.
11:43:37 And I think those things will be solved as you and I
11:43:39 talked about this morning.
11:43:40 So Mr. Reddick, I yield to you.
11:43:43 And then I would like to wrap up this conversation
11:43:46 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
11:43:48 And I am not familiar with the Jacksonville ordinance,
11:43:52 and that's one of the things I wanted to address, too,
11:43:57 to legal as well as staff, that they prepare the
11:44:03 ordinance as well as some of the other issues that came
11:44:07 up of city administration, of how we can implement this
11:44:11 and prepare a draft and resubmit to the council for our
11:44:23 >>MIKE COHEN: Could I add to that in the form of a
11:44:25 motion, maybe, and see if we can -- maybe ask the
11:44:28 administration to do three things.
11:44:33 To come back with two alternatives for an ordinance.
11:44:37 One, the six-day ban on the Pasco model, the other the
11:44:43 Jacksonville model that we talked about with the
11:44:48 exemption for the press, and then a third prong to
11:44:51 really start developing -- and maybe we need to do this
11:44:57 in three separate motions, but to start developing a
11:45:00 game plan for how we can find and use resources to
11:45:05 direct toward the homeless and poverty situation in our
11:45:10 community, recognizing that the county and nonprofit
11:45:13 agencies have a primary role, it still affect us
11:45:17 What can we do to step up to the table with resources
11:45:21 to help alleviate some of these problems.
11:45:27 If it's council's pleasure maybe we need to make all
11:45:29 three motions separately.
11:45:31 Or should they all be done one?
11:45:33 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I will ask the counsel for the
11:45:37 council and I'm sure Mr. Shelby will come up with --
11:45:42 >>MARTIN SHELBY: The more concise individual motion it
11:45:44 is better the direction to the administration.
11:45:48 >>MIKE COHEN: I am going make three separate motions.
11:45:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Do you want to speak before he makes
11:45:53 the motion?
11:45:55 >>MARY MULHERN: No, ask a question.
11:46:03 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: You yield to Mrs. Mulhern, right?
11:46:05 >>MIKE COHEN: Of course.
11:46:06 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.
11:46:07 >>MARY MULHERN: My question is if you are asking
11:46:09 for -- four motions, but you talked about two different
11:46:14 panhandling motions, or solicitation motions.
11:46:17 Could those be combined?
11:46:19 So maybe we can come back with an alternative.
11:46:25 >>JIM SHIMBERG: I think coming back with different
11:46:30 alternatives is going to make it more complicated for
11:46:32 you guys to deal request the issue.
11:46:34 And again, we have had a couple -- a three-hour
11:46:38 workshop now and I think everybody wants to move
11:46:40 forward on the issue.
11:46:42 If you give us direction to come back with multiple
11:46:44 options --
11:46:47 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I agree with that.
11:46:50 >>JIM SHIMBERG: But it's up to pleasure of council, if
11:46:51 you can get a motion that passes we'll respond to it.
11:46:54 >>FRANK REDDICK: That was my original intent.
11:46:56 Before I yield.
11:47:02 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I'll come back to Mr. Reddick.
11:47:04 I believe Mrs. Mulhern spoke.
11:47:06 Ms. Capin.
11:47:09 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Again in reference to what the chairman
11:47:10 said about a six-day, one day, that if we go to a total
11:47:16 ban we will never know what a six-day, one-day could
11:47:20 have done.
11:47:21 Did same thing with a five-day two-day.
11:47:25 Anything that comes forward needs to have a sunset to
11:47:28 be looked at again.
11:47:33 And see if it is working and how it is working.
11:47:35 If we don't do that, we are not going to look at this
11:47:44 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: We have Mr -- I'm sorry.
11:47:46 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Also on the week and he the safety
11:47:48 If it's not safe, it's not safe.
11:47:53 I don't know how we are going to get around that even
11:47:57 if Jacksonville is doing it.
11:47:59 That's one.
11:48:00 The other thing is, when it came to the weekend -- and
11:48:08 I'm trying to pull that out, either February 3rd or
11:48:11 February 24th, Ms. Dorzback stated that on the
11:48:15 weekend -- and it was an opinion that maybe people
11:48:18 travel faster.
11:48:22 And that should be in minute.
11:48:24 And I asked about that.
11:48:26 That's why I wanted to look at a study.
11:48:30 And here we are four or five months later looking at it
11:48:37 I do believe we do need to look at public-private,
11:48:40 which is how it always has worked well in the city to
11:48:44 revitalize neighborhoods and everything else, it's
11:48:47 public and private.
11:48:59 Here what was said.
11:49:01 This is Jean Dorzback.
11:49:03 I have received information recently, the Department of
11:49:04 Transportation has several continuous continues
11:49:09 stations that collect data.
11:49:11 These are not people, these are machines that count the
11:49:14 They have several stations that collect the Dalton
11:49:17 weekdays and weekend.
11:49:19 If you look at those volumes, generally speaking, the
11:49:22 volumes are less on weekends than during the weekdays.
11:49:26 Is that true?
11:49:27 However, there is a situation where if the volume is
11:49:31 lower, the human-based behavior tendency is for many
11:49:34 cases for the speeds to go up.
11:49:39 Because there's less traffic, people have a tendency to
11:49:42 want to get to where they are going quicker, and so we
11:49:45 see very often that the speeds increase when the
11:49:47 volumes drop, and, of course, the higher the speed, the
11:49:51 higher the chance of an accident occurring.
11:49:56 That is from February 3rd.
11:50:05 We have gone through this.
11:50:12 I just want to point that out, that as we go forward,
11:50:14 what has already been stated, and that's it.
11:50:21 Thank you.
11:50:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have two council members than have
11:50:24 not spoken.
11:50:24 I ask if they want to speak.
11:50:26 That's Mr. Suarez and Mrs. Montelione.
11:50:29 Mrs. Montelione?
11:50:32 You are not clear on the motion, the motion read by Mr.
11:50:38 Would you state that motion?
11:50:39 >>FRANK REDDICK: There was a motion, to ask staff to
11:50:41 report back to council with the model that we have in
11:50:47 Jacksonville for consideration.
11:50:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: All right.
11:50:56 That was before Mr. Cohen which I haven't taken Mr.
11:50:59 Cohen's yet.
11:51:00 I haven't taken Mr. Reddick's yet.
11:51:04 What is that going to do?
11:51:05 I'm asking our legal department to bring back that, to
11:51:08 bring that as an ordinance or just to look at it in I
11:51:10 don't know.
11:51:10 >>FRANK REDDICK: As a draft ordinance for our
11:51:14 Because I don't think all of us know the model in
11:51:20 Jacksonville so I would like to be review it.
11:51:22 >>REBECCA KERT: Legal department.
11:51:23 The question is, do you want to come back just as a
11:51:27 draft for to review or be set for first reading?
11:51:32 >> A draft.
11:51:34 >>JIM SHIMBERG: In order to put that in place, you
11:51:35 would have to bring back repeal your existing
11:51:39 That would have the county's ordinance apply
11:51:43 Then could you bring back an ordinance creating the
11:51:46 special exception that Mr. Cohen referenced that would
11:51:49 create exception for newspapers.
11:51:50 That's one way to do it.
11:51:51 There's a couple different ways to do it.
11:51:53 But that seems to be the cleanest.
11:51:56 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: And much more can complex, because
11:51:58 now if you bring back a draft ordinance, it doesn't
11:52:02 change anything that I know of.
11:52:03 Doesn't change the ordinance that we have.
11:52:05 Doesn't change the --
11:52:08 >>JIM SHIMBERG: You need to bring back -- if you wanted
11:52:09 to do that, you would also have to either bring back an
11:52:12 ordinance repealing what you have, or an ordinance
11:52:14 putting in place a ban.
11:52:15 So you have to have a couple steps.
11:52:18 If you want ton do that. But in order to make
11:52:20 progress, you might want to consider asking -- and I
11:52:23 didn't mean to say you couldn't bring two ordinances,
11:52:26 especially if they were consistent with each other.
11:52:28 To bring back, if you say bring back a six-day ban and
11:52:31 bring back a total repeal in the Jacksonville
11:52:34 ordinance, that's pretty confusing, and then you don't
11:52:36 know what you are voting on.
11:52:37 Could you do that, turn one down and pass the other
11:52:40 one, or pass neither one of them.
11:52:42 And, again, one point.
11:52:44 I know some members are frustrated that you have talked
11:52:47 about this issue for a long time.
11:52:49 But we do have to recognize we have four council
11:52:51 members that have never talked about this issue before.
11:52:57 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Once you get elected and you serve
11:52:59 one day, you are no longer new.
11:53:04 [ Laughter ]
11:53:05 Put that on the record.
11:53:07 And I understand, I have a motion by Mr. Reddick,
11:53:09 second by Mrs. Mulhern, is that to bring back a model
11:53:12 ordinance, I don't know what that ordinance is.
11:53:18 I don't.
11:53:19 How can I bring back something I don't know what it is?
11:53:23 I can understand what Mr. Cohen was bringing about.
11:53:28 I can understand what's on the floor now.
11:53:30 And it becomes very compelling to understand both of
11:53:34 them at the same time.
11:53:35 So I am going to take this motion first that I have on
11:53:38 the floor.
11:53:39 Then I am going to go back and see if we may end with
11:53:42 two ordinances for review and then choose the one that
11:53:44 we want.
11:53:45 Two draft model ordinances.
11:53:47 And that's my suggestion.
11:53:48 Because I hear now that the complexity of this thing,
11:53:51 we are still divided.
11:53:53 Mrs. Mulhern on the question.
11:53:54 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
11:53:56 Yes, on the motion which I seconded.
11:53:57 But if the maker of the motion would like to consider
11:54:05 the changes -- do you want me to just second it?
11:54:09 >>FRANK REDDICK: That would be fine.
11:54:10 >>MARY MULHERN: Mr. Cohen made some different
11:54:13 So if you would rather.
11:54:18 >>MIKE COHEN: We can do it separately.
11:54:21 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I am not going to speak to the maker
11:54:23 of the motion but I believe clearly the intent of the
11:54:25 maker of the motion, the second, was to bring back the
11:54:27 Jacksonville model ordinance for consideration as a
11:54:29 draft ordinance.
11:54:30 >>FRANK REDDICK: Correct.
11:54:36 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Is that asking legal to bring back
11:54:37 everything that would be necessary in that case in
11:54:39 order to -- so really you have to -- you don't want to
11:54:43 just put the Jacksonville ordinance in place, that
11:54:47 newspapers can do it.
11:54:47 If you have an ordinance that says as long as you wear
11:54:50 a vest.
11:54:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: As I understand from the motion on
11:54:53 the floor if it passes on one motion to bring back the
11:54:55 total ordinance from Jacksonville as a draft model for
11:54:59 our review.
11:55:00 Am I correct?
11:55:09 >>MARY MULHERN: Repeal existing ordinance.
11:55:11 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I am going to tab this motion on a
11:55:12 vote and then bring Mr. Cohen's motion back.
11:55:15 Motion by Mr. Reddick, second by Mrs. Mulhern.
11:55:18 Pleas state it again for the record.
11:55:20 >>FRANK REDDICK: That staff bring back to council the
11:55:25 Jacksonville model ordinance for our review and
11:55:29 consideration in a draft ordinance.
11:55:35 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: At the same time with repeal of the
11:55:36 current ordinance.
11:55:37 I ever a second by Mrs. Mulhern.
11:55:38 All in favor?
11:55:41 Motion passes 6 to 1.
11:55:45 6 to 2.
11:55:49 Give me a roll call.
11:55:52 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Yes.
11:55:55 >>YVONNE CAPIN: No.
11:55:56 >>FRANK REDDICK: Yes.
11:55:58 >>MARY MULHERN: Yes.
11:56:01 >>MIKE COHEN: Yes.
11:56:02 >>LISA MONTELIONE: No.
11:56:05 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Yes.
11:56:05 Now, that being said, I believe Mr. Cohen had a motion.
11:56:10 Do you want to make?
11:56:11 And I am not opposed, or I don't think anyone should be
11:56:14 opposed to having a look at two reviews so we can have
11:56:17 the best in our area.
11:56:18 Mr. Cohen, you had a motion.
11:56:20 >>MIKE COHEN: I make a motion to ask the legal
11:56:22 department to bring back what we have been referring
11:56:25 here today as a six-day ban.
11:56:29 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Do I have a second?
11:56:33 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I would like to ask, if I could, to
11:56:35 amend that motion.
11:56:36 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Mr. Chairman, I'm sorry.
11:56:40 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me get a second to that and then
11:56:42 we will go from there, if I get a second.
11:56:44 I don't have a second.
11:56:45 So I yield the chairmanship, I will second Mr. Cohen's
11:56:52 You have the floor.
11:56:54 I take back the chairmanship.
11:56:55 >>LISA MONTELIONE: A friendly amendment within that
11:56:58 ordinance, Mr. Shimberg, from what I understand, I want
11:57:01 to be clear, that what we are referring to as the Pasco
11:57:04 ordinance also has a provision in the six-day ban for
11:57:09 severability, should that ordinance be challenged.
11:57:12 So I want to make sure that that is also included in
11:57:15 the -- I'm sorry?
11:57:19 >> Mr. Cohen, do you accept that amendment?
11:57:23 It been accepted, apparently, amendment.
11:57:25 Motion on the floor.
11:57:26 I can't have this because I seconded the motion.
11:57:28 Mrs. Mulhern, it now your chair.
11:57:31 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor of the motion being made
11:57:33 by Councilman Cohen, seconded by Councilman Miranda.
11:57:37 All in favor?
11:57:39 All opposed?
11:57:42 Passes unanimously.
11:57:44 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Can I have one clarification, Mr.
11:57:49 When these votes come up, the two and the one, the
11:57:53 inconsistency past votes, right?
11:57:55 >>MARTIN SHELBY: My suggestion, council, would be, and
11:57:59 it would be appropriate if you wish to do so, to pick a
11:58:01 time when would you like to have them come back.
11:58:03 My recommendation would be to have them both appear
11:58:06 under staff reports and unfinished business, not set
11:58:08 for first hearing consideration.
11:58:11 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: You are absolutely correct.
11:58:12 And we'll do it that way.
11:58:13 And whichever of those ordinances comes back that
11:58:17 receive the majority of vote by council, I'm sure that
11:58:20 that would be the way we are going to go.
11:58:23 >> My recommendation would be to inquire of the legal
11:58:27 department how much time they need to do that so you
11:58:30 can make as part of the motion, amend them to have put
11:58:33 on your agenda with a date certain.
11:58:36 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen and Mr. Reddick, would you
11:58:37 please ask the legal department the time that is
11:58:40 Maybe they can work it within the time frame.
11:58:42 >>FRANK REDDICK: How much time do you need in.
11:58:47 >>JIM SHIMBERG: I would say somewhere in the range of
11:58:49 30 days, but one related point that Chief Bennett and
11:58:52 Mrs. Dorzback asked.
11:58:53 If there's additional data or information that you to
11:58:56 have to be considered at the same time, would you
11:58:58 please ask them now so we can make sure that we have
11:59:01 that available at the time?
11:59:05 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I'm sure this council will want
11:59:07 information on traffic counts.
11:59:08 I'm sure they are going to want information on what the
11:59:10 police department is doing, the excellent police
11:59:12 department that we have so we can have more
11:59:15 comprehensive review of what we are bringing before us.
11:59:17 Mr. Cohen, you have the same feeling of 30 days?
11:59:20 >>MIKE COHEN: Yes, that's fine.
11:59:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: So 30 days would be what, clerk?
11:59:31 >>MIKE COHEN: It would be around the 21st.
11:59:34 There will be an evening meeting on the 28th of
11:59:38 >>JIM SHIMBERG: The 28th Mrs. Kert and I are not
11:59:40 If we could the 14th.
11:59:42 >>MARTIN SHELBY: That's close.
11:59:47 >>JIM SHIMBERG: July 14th?
11:59:50 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I won't be here the 14th.
11:59:51 I have a thing to take care of.
11:59:58 >>JIM SHIMBERG: August 4th?
12:00:02 Could that be first reading if they decided to move
12:00:04 forward, though?
12:00:06 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Technically because it is
12:00:08 legislative, council, you could set it for first
12:00:10 reading because the opportunity to comment on it would
12:00:13 be at a second reading and adoption public hearing.
12:00:18 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Bring them both in as first reading
12:00:20 on August 4th.
12:00:22 I will hopefully be here, if I am still breathing.
12:00:24 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Council, if I can, Mr. Chairman,
12:00:28 please indulge me for just a minute.
12:00:30 I think Mr. Shimberg raised a very good point.
12:00:33 Because to bring them both back for first reading
12:00:35 consideration is problematic, because the question is,
12:00:38 you have to iron out when you are going to address the
12:00:43 denying one of them, which you would have to do, and of
12:00:45 course then you would have the placement on the agenda
12:00:48 which one you are going to take up first.
12:00:50 So it would be my recommendation --
12:00:53 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me try to solve the problematic
12:00:55 problem on a real simple avenue.
12:00:58 You bring them back on first reading, but you discuss
12:01:01 the issue after reports from the administration, then
12:01:05 by the time you kick one out you are only going to have
12:01:08 one left.
12:01:10 >>JIM SHIMBERG: That's fine.
12:01:12 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Is that acceptable?
12:01:14 >>MARTIN SHELBY: So put that on staff reports
12:01:16 unfinished business, and then take them up after the
12:01:20 staff reports in 12347 correct.
12:01:22 That was a way to skin the cat.
12:01:25 Well, I apologize.
12:01:28 Now, that being said, I think, again, I am going to
12:01:33 thank each and every one you for being here on behalf
12:01:35 of the seven council members.
12:01:37 You have given us an enormous amount of input,
12:01:40 compassion from your heart, and that's really what life
12:01:43 is all about.
12:01:44 We do have other business matters.
12:01:47 Ms. Montelione.
12:01:48 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Many of us talked about also asking
12:01:52 for consideration of funding for different programs.
12:01:56 And I would like to make another motion.
12:02:00 We talked about making self here in reference to this
12:02:03 I would like to make a motion to have staff, since we
12:02:06 are looking at August 4, to bring us back under staff
12:02:09 reports on August 4th identifying opportunities for
12:02:15 utilizing NSP-2 funds ton offer an RFP for housing, so
12:02:22 that requires, I believe, Mrs. West from affordable
12:02:25 housing to be present, as well as legal department, and
12:02:31 may also include Thom Snelling from our construction
12:02:38 division, real estate construction.
12:02:43 For that RFP for housing to include individuals in need
12:02:46 of rapid rehousing.
12:02:49 And I would also like to be have as well for our budget
12:02:55 folks to come back with identifying opportunities
12:02:58 within our budget for increasing our funding to the
12:03:00 homeless coalition, whether that be through CDBG fund
12:03:05 or through general revenue funds.
12:03:07 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: We have a motion by Mrs. Montelione.
12:03:09 Is there a second?
12:03:10 >>MARY MULHERN: I would like to ask for an amendment
12:03:15 or an addition to that motion.
12:03:16 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me get the second.
12:03:19 >>MARY MULHERN: I'll second it.
12:03:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Okay, go on.
12:03:22 >>MARY MULHERN: If we could also ask for the
12:03:25 administration to provide us with -- we have these
12:03:32 recommendations from staff for CDBG fund appropriation
12:03:37 last week.
12:03:38 If we could ask them also -- I think this is the third
12:03:42 addition to your motion, if you would accept it -- to
12:03:46 provide to council any of these applications for CDBG
12:03:52 funds that the administration received this year that
12:03:57 related to any kind of homelessness.
12:03:59 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Absolutely.
12:04:02 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mrs. Montelione,
12:04:04 seconded by Mrs. Mulhern with a friendly amendment.
12:04:07 We did discuss this during the process of the hearing
12:04:09 that weighed here regarding the workshop on
12:04:13 panhandling, so it's very appropriate.
12:04:15 And that the administration, not saying here it is, but
12:04:19 August 4th is ample time for an answer.
12:04:22 All in favor of that motion please indicate by saying
12:04:24 Opposed nay.
12:04:26 The Ayes have it unanimously.
12:04:27 Thank you very much.
12:04:27 Let me say this.
12:04:28 It past 12:00.
12:04:31 We could have some good people here from code
12:04:33 enforcement coming to discuss chapter 19.
12:04:37 I would like to have a recess and come back at 1:35.
12:04:41 So they can have ample time for their discussion.
12:04:45 Am I going to have a quorum?
12:04:48 I have a motion by Mr. Reddick.
12:04:50 Second by Mr. Cohen to come back at 1:35.
12:04:52 All in favor of the motion?
12:04:55 The Ayes have it unanimously.
12:04:56 We stand adjourned.
12:04:58 Receive and file all the documents.
12:05:20 (Tampa City Council in recess until 1:35 p.m.)
12:05:30 [Roll Call]
13:37:14 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Here.
13:37:17 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Here.
13:37:18 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.
13:37:20 >>MIKE COHEN: Here.
13:37:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
13:37:22 This is a workshop for discussion of changes on the
13:37:24 city code chapter 19.
13:37:27 We will discuss it among the administration and the
13:37:31 City Council.
13:37:31 Then we'll have 30 minutes for public input on the
13:37:35 Are we ready?
13:37:40 Jake Slater, code enforcement, City of Tampa.
13:37:44 Thank you for having me here this afternoon.
13:37:45 We are here for a workshop on proposed changes to
13:37:48 chapter 19 which is for the property structure, and
13:37:55 once we deal with code enforcement on a regular basis.
13:38:02 Do you have copies?
13:38:04 As a summary, we have updated the administrative
13:38:08 references currently referring to the vision of our
13:38:11 neighborhood improvements to the department of code
13:38:15 Our main purpose here is to approve the overall
13:38:19 efficiency and effectiveness of code enforcement, and
13:38:26 to establish more of a legal ground when we have to
13:38:30 take administrative action, and we have to issue orders
13:38:33 as a last resort to have the citizens deal with the
13:38:37 code enforcement, and the citizens is not dealt with
13:38:42 the code enforcement actions, and we have to take
13:38:46 action, and wave to spend city money.
13:38:50 That's what this is about today.
13:38:57 The first order that I want to go over is in regard to
13:39:00 the change is the order to repair, which is on page
13:39:05 number 2.
13:39:08 And this is an order that I have only used one time
13:39:12 since I have been here at code enforcement.
13:39:15 And this is not for the minor type of wood damage or
13:39:19 actual structural damage.
13:39:21 This is when it's been determined that the building is
13:39:23 in serious issues, that could possibly present a threat
13:39:32 to public safety.
13:39:33 As an example, we issued an order about two months ago
13:39:37 on a building in Ybor City called the castle.
13:39:40 And as you can see, there it is.
13:39:42 And why we issued an order here was we determined
13:39:46 through myself and the building bureau and the fire
13:39:48 marshal that there were serious type of actual damage
13:39:51 that could pose or did actually present actually a
13:39:56 threat to public safety.
13:40:01 And we are actually doing this now.
13:40:07 The second change is in the order to demolish, which we
13:40:12 are currently using right now, which last year we
13:40:15 issued approximately 20 orders to demolish in the City
13:40:19 of Tampa.
13:40:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: If I may interrupt one second.
13:40:23 That's a building, from my recollection of history,
13:40:27 that's been like that for 40 years, leaning inside.
13:40:32 >>JAKE SLATER: Yes, sir.
13:40:34 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: And had like a foot drop from the
13:40:36 eastern side to the western side.
13:40:38 You had to walk with a cane to hold yourself up.
13:40:41 I mean, that wasn't new from today.
13:40:43 It was some time back.
13:40:45 >> We were just concerned about these --
13:40:49 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Oh, I understand that.
13:40:50 And you are right.
13:40:51 You are absolutely right.
13:40:52 I understand that.
13:40:52 >>> The order to demolish, we are currently using that
13:41:00 right now.
13:41:00 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Quick question about the castle real
13:41:05 There's buttresses.
13:41:07 I noticed metal buttresses underneath.
13:41:10 Was that something that was ordered to be put in or
13:41:12 they put in in order for it not to fall?
13:41:15 >>> In the order.
13:41:16 That was a result of our order.
13:41:19 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Okay.
13:41:20 >>> To demolish basically the same, again we used this
13:41:28 last year about 20 times.
13:41:29 The only thing we are adding is if the building is
13:41:31 located in a historical district, we will include the
13:41:34 historical manager to actually sign off on a demolition
13:41:40 Again, these are vacated, actually, properties.
13:41:47 The next one on the bottom of page 27 is the order
13:41:51 declaring a building unfit for human habitation.
13:41:55 We are currently doing that now.
13:42:01 The change in that is -- that the one that we included
13:42:07 the fire marshal in?
13:42:13 No, okay, we just added some additional wording in
13:42:16 regard to the overall standard of the building.
13:42:21 The order to vacate is some changes in there, and
13:42:24 that's when a building looks basically like this, unfit
13:42:28 for human habitation, and we included the fire marshal
13:42:32 in that.
13:42:33 If we have to order it to be vacated, we have to
13:42:37 relocate people to some other area, and we would like
13:42:41 to be able to recoup the fund on that.
13:42:44 So we have included the fire marshal on that one.
13:42:49 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me ask you a question.
13:42:50 I understand the good intentions of your division and
13:42:55 the reason for this.
13:42:56 But when you talk about recouping money here, unless
13:42:59 there's insurance money, there's a more than here, do
13:43:04 we fall at the end, a first mortgage, a second more
13:43:08 than, a house that's understood water by 50, $100,000,
13:43:11 how are we going to recoup money?
13:43:14 >>> through the --
13:43:16 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let the attorney answer.
13:43:19 And we are going to be.
13:43:25 >>> in essence what we would be doing would be billing
13:43:27 that property owner for whatever cost the city
13:43:32 If they did not pay the bill, we would then go through
13:43:34 the listening process through an abatement assessment,
13:43:38 liening, and it would be on property -- whether we
13:43:42 would get foreclosed out is a question of seniority, as
13:43:45 far as when got recorded in relation to whatever
13:43:49 instrument is being foreclosed out on.
13:43:52 But we would end up liening that property and it would
13:43:56 attach to that particular piece of property.
13:44:03 >> I am making the assumption that these good people
13:44:05 that live there for a reason, certainly don't have the
13:44:07 fund, and we are going to cut it from 60 days to pay to
13:44:10 30 days to pay, and cumulative cost of people who don't
13:44:13 have money.
13:44:17 And "B."
13:44:20 I try to digest and understand the reasoning for this.
13:44:23 I don't know what your rate of compliance is.
13:44:25 Can you tell us what the rate of compliance is?
13:44:28 >>ERNEST MUELLER: If we liened this, it would be from
13:44:37 the demolition lien, and we have from previous special
13:44:40 acts that were enacted we would have priority, within
13:44:42 our interpretation of those special acts would give us
13:44:45 the priority on that assessment lien over the mortgage.
13:44:50 So it would be, I believe, the language is of equal
13:44:54 dignity or just under taxes.
13:44:58 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: So if a home is in this condition,
13:45:01 even though there's a Marge on it, you are telling us
13:45:03 that you have first collection right over a mortgage
13:45:10 >> It has been our position --
13:45:12 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I'm not asking position.
13:45:13 I'm asking legally do you have a rate to be ahead be?
13:45:17 >>> We have language from a special act that is still
13:45:19 within our code called related laws that gives it the
13:45:22 priority over a mortgage.
13:45:25 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Has that ever been tested?
13:45:27 >>> we have not been contested on that yet, no, here in
13:45:30 the City of Tampa.
13:45:31 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I get Mr. Miranda's point.
13:45:35 In a case like this, if there is a mortgage there's
13:45:38 insurance, and the insurance company would be cutting
13:45:41 us a check for the cost of demolition.
13:45:52 >>> I don't know how it would work out.
13:45:54 In other words, if we went ahead and demolished, if we
13:45:57 are going to take the payment, whether it's insurance
13:45:59 company or property owner --
13:46:02 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I understand that.
13:46:03 >> And we won't have to lien.
13:46:06 >> And an insurance adjustor is going to come in and
13:46:09 says we are just going to pay for the replacement cost
13:46:12 of the home, they will cut a check to whoever the first
13:46:16 lienholder is and back to Mr. Miranda' point, you are
13:46:20 saying we would be the first lienholder.
13:46:22 I mean, they are not going to cut a check directly to
13:46:25 the homeowner, correct?
13:46:30 >>ERNEST MUELLER: I am not exactly hour sure how would
13:46:33 that would work out.
13:46:35 >>JIM SHIMBERG: City attorney.
13:46:36 Let me clarify.
13:46:37 First I understand Mr. Miranda's point which is in the
13:46:41 current economic climate there's a lot of situations
13:46:43 that are pretty desperate.
13:46:44 And if the city puts another lien on top, there's a
13:46:48 good chance we won't get paid.
13:46:50 And I understand your situation where if there's
13:46:52 insurance, and we don't really know what the specific
13:46:56 situation you are going to be.
13:46:57 I think what Mr. Slater and Mr. Mueller are talking
13:47:02 about, there's only certain circumstances where it's so
13:47:04 bad that we have to go in and demolish it ourselves.
13:47:07 Normally you go through a process where in that
13:47:09 situation would you ask the property owner to do that
13:47:11 and give them sufficient time.
13:47:13 It's only in certain emergency situations where there's
13:47:15 really no other alternative and the city needs to go in
13:47:18 there for a public safety reason to demolish the
13:47:22 structure, in that case saying we want to put in
13:47:25 essentially a claim to recoup our cost in if that's
13:47:28 And I think stepping back one second.
13:47:32 The idea that the entire exercise we are here inform
13:47:35 today, at least the way I understand, is not for the
13:47:37 city to gain any more super powers every everyone.
13:47:41 It's really just to kind of clean up some of our
13:47:44 procedures and clarify them, make them a little bit
13:47:46 easier for people to understand, and us to interpret,
13:47:49 not really to change anything.
13:47:51 So all these situations, and it correct, we are as
13:47:57 aggressive as we can be in trying to collect money.
13:48:00 In some cases we are foreclosed out U.in other cases we
13:48:03 can make the claim that we are superior to the
13:48:05 >> And the only point I was making is he brought up the
13:48:13 point of mortgages and followed up on Mr. Miranda's
13:48:17 Chances are, we are demolishing, they probably do not
13:48:20 have a loan out anyway, and back to Mr. Miranda's
13:48:24 point, which is if there's no loan, this thing is
13:48:28 demolishable according to our code that means we are
13:48:31 probably not going to get any money out of the person
13:48:32 who owned this house because it was in such disrepair
13:48:35 to begin with.
13:48:38 That would be my guess.
13:48:39 >> But I guess we are still saying --
13:48:42 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I don't expect -- I'm not trying to
13:48:45 make them answer specific questions.
13:48:48 Because that came up, I just wanted to find out because
13:48:50 there is a real cost to what we do when comes to
13:48:53 demolishing something.
13:48:55 And if we are doing that and never going to recoup
13:48:57 cost, where are we going to be in the pecking order?
13:49:00 That's way wanted to make sure we understand.
13:49:02 >> I think Mr. Slater can clarify this.
13:49:05 His department does not go out to demolish properties.
13:49:07 >> No, I know that.
13:49:09 I know that.
13:49:11 No, no, Jim, Mr. Shimberg, I understand that.
13:49:14 I don't want to confuse the issue.
13:49:15 I just want to make sure that we understood what we
13:49:18 were asking in terms of everything else.
13:49:22 In this circumstance, 'n as Mr. Miranda mentioned,
13:49:24 chances are there's not going to be any insurance money
13:49:27 anyway, is my guess, if it's completely demolished.
13:49:30 Thank you, Mr. Miranda.
13:49:33 >>YVONNE CAPIN: First, I wanted to ask an example of
13:49:36 the last time we demolished a house, a property.
13:49:39 >> Jake Slater: Probably about a week ago.
13:49:44 >> About a week ago?
13:49:45 >> Yes.
13:49:46 >> The other question was, when we were talking about
13:49:49 liens, even if the house is demolished, there's a lien
13:49:52 on the land?
13:49:54 >>> Yes.
13:49:55 >>YVONNE CAPIN: There's a lien on the property.
13:49:56 There's something there.
13:49:57 That was the other one.
13:49:59 And again we are assuming that there is insurance.
13:50:04 One of questions was about insurance, and that's an
13:50:06 assumption because you don't really have to, in many
13:50:09 cases, have it.
13:50:10 That was it.
13:50:11 I wanted to know when was the last one.
13:50:13 Thank you.
13:50:14 >>LISA MONTELIONE: That was one of the questions I was
13:50:18 going to ask.
13:50:20 Thank you, Mr. Chair.
13:50:23 There was some discussion.
13:50:24 And I apologize for coming in late but there was some
13:50:27 discussion on whether or not the individuals could
13:50:30 afford to pay the lien, because the house wouldn't be
13:50:33 in this state of disrepair if they had the money to fix
13:50:36 it up.
13:50:37 That's assuming that it's individuals who own the
13:50:44 When we have so many houses that are owned by joint
13:50:49 venture partnerships, by investors, by banks, by even
13:50:57 some mortgage service companies who are going in.
13:50:59 Who knows how creative people are going to be and
13:51:04 corporations will be when comes to recouping their
13:51:06 losses on their investments?
13:51:08 So I don't know that we are imposing another cost to
13:51:14 individuals who are already hurting from the downturn
13:51:18 in the economy.
13:51:19 I think if anything, the lien repayments, if it's on
13:51:24 the books, and as Councilwoman Capin pointed out it
13:51:28 would stay with the land, will be recouped from the
13:51:30 investor who is going to purchase that property in
13:51:32 order to turn that property into something that is --
13:51:39 that they can make money off of.
13:51:41 So I think that the collection is going to be from
13:51:46 investors who are purchasing those properties rather
13:51:48 than the original owners who allow the home to become
13:51:53 in such a state of disrepair.
13:51:56 I know from just dealing with the construction lien
13:52:00 process that you can place a lien on a property, and
13:52:04 you may not get repaid for ten years.
13:52:10 Or if you end up getting paid at all.
13:52:12 Because by the time a construction lien is not in first
13:52:16 position and by the time the property does change hands
13:52:19 or somebody refinances it or there's a trigger, that
13:52:24 would the payment of that lien through the court
13:52:29 It's many years down the road.
13:52:30 So my heart goes out to Mr. Slater because we do a lot
13:52:35 of work, and we don't have any means to recoup the
13:52:41 money that we have put out.
13:52:43 So we have to at some point look at the collections
13:52:49 And I spoke with Mr. Slater, about that, and trying to
13:52:52 find some mechanisms to recoup some of the dollars that
13:52:56 the city is spending.
13:52:58 So whatever we can do in that regard in my book is a
13:53:05 favorable thing.
13:53:06 Thank you.
13:53:06 >>> I thought this would be interesting to the members
13:53:10 of council.
13:53:11 This is our yearly budget that code enforcement has for
13:53:14 these demolitions, property maintenance, towing.
13:53:20 You see we are about 449,000.
13:53:35 Towing 9,000.
13:53:36 Last year we were right at the edge.
13:53:39 How we spent the money.
13:53:41 How much money we got back.
13:53:43 I am not sure, I am not involved in that actual
13:53:49 But as you folks know, we could spend this pretty
13:53:52 So again, this is at the last resort that we have to go
13:53:59 in and actually spend city money.
13:54:01 For these orders.
13:54:04 One of the changes that we are proposing is being able
13:54:09 to recoup our money when we have got to go in and board
13:54:12 up the buildings, to secure a building.
13:54:14 We have a lot of this over in East Tampa, South Tampa,
13:54:21 New Tampa.
13:54:23 What we are experiencing actually in New Tampa, and New
13:54:26 Tampa is the first and second most active census
13:54:30 tracks, in vacated properties.
13:54:33 New Tampa.
13:54:34 One and two, Sulphur Springs number 3.
13:54:38 Weep currently have under 3,000 properties registered
13:54:42 right now and it's going up.
13:54:48 So what we want to be able to do if we had to go in --
13:54:52 and again this is after legal notice, time has passed,
13:54:55 and when we have to go in and spend money to actually
13:54:58 board up a house.
13:54:59 This is what it looked like before.
13:55:01 This is the way it looks like after.
13:55:05 Estimated cost on this is about $100 per house.
13:55:12 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen, I believe, wanted to ask
13:55:15 >>MIKE COHEN: I just wanted to follow up on
13:55:16 Councilwoman Montelione's comment about collections.
13:55:20 When you were in my office, we were talking about
13:55:23 various different ways the city could collect money
13:55:26 that's owed to it.
13:55:27 And during our budget workshop, when we were talking
13:55:30 about different areas in the city's finances where
13:55:34 people owe a lot of money, we talked about the idea of
13:55:38 employing collection agencies to collect some of the
13:55:44 moneys that are owed.
13:55:44 I just wanted to point out, again, for the record, that
13:55:47 the Florida legislature actually requires the court
13:55:51 system and other state agencies to turn delinquent
13:55:55 account over to collection agencies when they are 90
13:55:58 days in arrears.
13:56:00 And the way that the legislation is written, it does
13:56:04 not -- the money does not come off of what the
13:56:07 collection agency does, does not come off of the money
13:56:10 that is owed to the city.
13:56:11 It is assessed on top of the money that is owed to the
13:56:15 I just suggest it because it might be another Avenue
13:56:20 that you might be able to look to, to get some of this
13:56:24 money when you are out spending it.
13:56:28 >>> Thank you, Mr. Cohen.
13:56:31 We talked about that with legal, and that's going to be
13:56:34 our next phase to actually take a look and see what
13:56:36 type of collection process that's currently in effect,
13:56:40 I don't know because I am not involved within that.
13:56:44 But thank you for those comments.
13:57:02 This is an order to a bait.
13:57:04 This is the most frequent order was that we would be
13:57:07 using, and this is when we have to go and actually
13:57:10 clean up actually property, vacated property.
13:57:13 We have actually close to $275,000.
13:57:25 We average close to 40 or 50 a month.
13:57:29 Average cost for something like this is about 4 or
13:57:35 And we are actually looking to -- we send out a letter
13:57:41 now, and on the bottom of the letter is verbiage about
13:57:44 if you do not actually do it, we are going to do it for
13:57:48 The order to abate would give us actually legal ground
13:57:53 to actually go onto the property.
13:58:03 Circumstances, we define some of the language, what
13:58:06 constitutes an emergency circumstance.
13:58:09 An emergency order.
13:58:14 These order, just as we had discussed with you, there's
13:58:17 an appeal process.
13:58:19 If a property owner feels that they want to appeal it,
13:58:22 that they have the right to appeal it, and that will be
13:58:25 before the code enforcement special magistrate within a
13:58:29 week's time.
13:58:30 So there is an appeal as to process in the place.
13:58:40 If they want to -- in the bindings, on section 19-7, we
13:58:52 changed the procedures a little bit right now where we
13:58:58 actually send out the bill, send out the notice of
13:59:01 attempt to lien and the challenge, if the property
13:59:08 owner want to challenge an abatement fee, they can do
13:59:12 it within actually 30 days and the challenge is made to
13:59:16 I'm the one actually writing out the check.
13:59:19 If we have to go in and mow the property, clean up the
13:59:22 property, abate the property.
13:59:27 We are proposing some language additions dealing with
13:59:32 hazardous trees.
13:59:33 Currently code enforcement doesn't have any provisions
13:59:36 in our code dealing with actually hazardous trees.
13:59:40 We are asking for the ability to deal with those and to
13:59:46 have a certified arborist make the determination, and
13:59:52 then we would send out a notice.
13:59:56 And the property owner has to deal with that after we
13:59:59 have been given notice on that.
14:00:02 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I agree with the hazardous tree.
14:00:05 However, we have to be very careful because I would
14:00:06 make an assumption that most of the trees on city
14:00:09 rights-of-way are.
14:00:15 >>> I would probably say there's quite a few on city
14:00:18 We have to ask for changes or -- actually vacated
14:00:23 swimming pools and a spa maintenance.
14:00:25 We do have a problem with vacated properties and
14:00:29 abandoned swimming pools.
14:00:36 Section 19.105 through the end of that, that was the
14:00:41 actual old process that has not been in use probably
14:00:44 for the last ten years or so.
14:00:49 We have actually taken that out.
14:00:54 We are not asking for authority.
14:00:57 We are not asking for any heavy handed enforcement
14:01:00 Just asking this will help us recoup the money to do it
14:01:06 in a more efficient and effective manner.
14:01:18 And to work with budget money I have to work with.
14:01:21 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I understand that and I appreciate
14:01:22 But we have so many things come in that we as council
14:01:25 members may hear and you good folks may never hear.
14:01:29 For instance, the alley that you just showed, that was
14:01:33 not an alley, but now they are dumping in the alley.
14:01:36 Who do we go after?
14:01:38 The homeowner who abuts the alley.
14:01:40 Then I am asking myself, that's not the
14:01:42 homeowner's-when you go in and investigate, the
14:01:45 homeowner never did that.
14:01:46 Somebody dumped it there.
14:01:47 And the eggs I way out is to get the property owner
14:01:51 whose property abuts that property.
14:01:53 And I can't do that with a kind heart and a realistic
14:01:59 You have certain divisions of this city who can
14:02:02 investigate it, try to find out where that garbage came
14:02:05 And I understand it's very difficult.
14:02:07 But then we tell the homeowner, no, we are not going to
14:02:10 pick it up, queer going to fine you a charge, bill it
14:02:13 to you at the end of the month, and I'm telling myself,
14:02:18 I just as a human being can't do that if I know that
14:02:20 it's not theirs.
14:02:22 For instance, you got furniture there that's all
14:02:25 mangled up and hasn't been used in years, and all you
14:02:28 see the house and you see the inside of the house, and
14:02:31 the furniture can't come from here, but yet that
14:02:34 homeowner is getting charged.
14:02:35 So what does that homeowner have to do?
14:02:38 Go back there, put a rope around it, drag it to the
14:02:41 front side, leave it there, then the city will pick it
14:02:43 So under 1551, that's another area.
14:02:47 We have conflicting laws all over the place here that
14:02:49 just to me don't make too much sense, Jake.
14:02:52 I'll be very sincere with you.
14:02:54 We are trying to work this thing out.
14:02:56 >>> Mr. Chair, that always gives me heartburn every
14:03:00 We don't do a good job with alleys.
14:03:02 But recently, we are actually sitting down request
14:03:05 solid waste and clean and legal and trying to come up
14:03:11 with a better way to deal with alleys.
14:03:13 I don't have an answer today for you.
14:03:15 I don't.
14:03:15 I know that we are not really going out there and
14:03:18 actually citing people like we did in the past.
14:03:21 Because it isn't fair.
14:03:25 That did not come from the house behind the fence.
14:03:29 So we are trying to work through it.
14:03:31 I don't have all the answers on the alleys.
14:03:34 >> We are happy to hear that.
14:03:36 >>JAKE SLATER: They give me heartburn, always do.
14:03:39 Especially your area over there.
14:03:45 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Well, I didn't say I, but I'll say
14:03:50 was "I."
14:03:54 >>JAKE SLATER: We are working on that trying to
14:03:56 Councilman with a better way to deal with alleys.
14:03:58 Who is going to pay for the cost?
14:04:00 Is going to be solid waste?
14:04:02 Clean cities?
14:04:02 Is it going to be code?
14:04:04 I could probably spend $100,000 in a matter of six
14:04:08 months on alleys.
14:04:13 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I think alleys are not being used by
14:04:15 our garbage trucks.
14:04:18 If there's a sofa sitting there for month, then
14:04:21 obviously, so who does the alley belong to?
14:04:24 Has it been given to the property owner like some
14:04:27 alleys, you know?
14:04:29 I forgot what it's called when they --
14:04:34 >>> Vacate.
14:04:36 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So it hasn't.
14:04:37 But it doesn't belong to the homeowner but we are not
14:04:40 using it for services.
14:04:43 Then the alleyway belongs to us.
14:04:46 >>> To the abutting property owner, half.
14:04:52 Alley does.
14:04:53 >> The abutting property owner has the alley?
14:04:56 >>> They are responsible for it.
14:04:59 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Right.
14:05:03 I remember that when I had an alley that was not used.
14:05:08 It half the alley was to our property and the on the
14:05:13 half to the other property.
14:05:14 And we cleaned it.
14:05:15 >>> Yes.
14:05:17 Some people clean it.
14:05:18 Some people expand it, put fences up, move into the
14:05:24 They put up a barbecue pit in the alley.
14:05:28 But alleys are on our radar screen.
14:05:31 I hope to be able to come back with solid waste and
14:05:33 clean cities and tell you what our ideas are.
14:05:35 But I don't have it today.
14:05:38 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you.
14:05:42 Mr. Slater, and somewhat to your point, Mr. Chair, the
14:05:48 illegal dumping that goes on around the city, happens
14:05:51 quite frequently in my neighborhood.
14:05:54 Also happens, I believe, in correlation recently with
14:05:58 the foreclosures that happen all over town.
14:06:02 Often, I see in my neighborhood when a homeowner or
14:06:05 renter moves out of the property, it's not long before
14:06:08 that, or long after that, that there are sofas and
14:06:14 belongings are on the street as part of an eviction.
14:06:17 So once the property owner has the right through the
14:06:20 eviction process to remove the content of the home, it
14:06:24 end up on the sidewalk and sit there for quite some
14:06:28 period of time because they don't want to pay the
14:06:30 cities for the special pickup that solid waste charges
14:06:33 to come and get it.
14:06:37 I have witnessed personally times when someone will be
14:06:41 cleaning out a house as part of that process, and they
14:06:44 will go down the street and dump it there.
14:06:47 I have had it happen on a vacant lot that I own right
14:06:50 down the street wherever M my own house.
14:06:53 And there's nothing that is more irritating than to
14:06:59 wake up and look outside and find somebody has used
14:07:02 your property as a dumping ground.
14:07:05 We paid to remove that trash.
14:07:08 But in the cases where typically all of us have seen
14:07:12 where things have been dumped along the side of the
14:07:14 road, solid waste comes by or code enforcement comes
14:07:19 by, marks it with a red X, solid waste knows to come
14:07:23 pick it up.
14:07:26 For a minute it looked like my street but that's not
14:07:31 I guess has a 9 in front of it.
14:07:35 But who pays for picking that up?
14:07:39 >>> On the right-of-way, solid I had waste handles
14:07:45 If it's a serious problem, we will kindly ask clean
14:07:49 cities to help us out, and they have been pretty good
14:07:51 with us.
14:07:52 Or we can pay for it.
14:07:54 >>LISA MONTELIONE: So we are not asking property
14:08:05 >>JAKE SLATER: Normally it's a vacated piece of
14:08:07 We can send out a notice.
14:08:09 But that takes time.
14:08:11 And we have a problem if we have legal notice if the
14:08:16 property is vacated, the property is empty.
14:08:19 And what happens here within a matter of a day or two,
14:08:22 the pile grows.
14:08:23 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Yes.
14:08:26 Because other look and see, look, there's a place I can
14:08:30 throw my trash.
14:08:32 >> And unless we dot within 72 hours -- solid waste has
14:08:35 been very good to us.
14:08:37 But it is the responsibility of the owner of the
14:08:43 property along the right-of-way.
14:08:44 >> And as part of neighborhood watch I have called code
14:08:47 enforcement, and it is obviously related to the
14:08:52 property, you know, that was recently vacated, although
14:08:56 the trash may be in the right-of-way, it obviously came
14:09:00 from that vacated house that's adjacent to the
14:09:05 We are not sending any type of invoice to the property
14:09:08 owner to say we just cleaned this up for you?
14:09:17 >>> Solid waste, I'm not sure how they invoice it.
14:09:20 It's a matter of having, I think, being able to
14:09:23 actually prove where the junked trash and debris came
14:09:28 And I know that there has been an environmental
14:09:31 detective that works, but I know that I don't know how
14:09:35 solid waste handles their investigative process to
14:09:39 determine where the trash came from.
14:09:42 I know that normally how we handled it, but we will
14:09:47 send a bill to the property owner, if the house is
14:09:52 actually vacated.
14:09:53 But most of the time we have a problem actually serving
14:09:57 good type of legal notice on that.
14:09:59 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Okay, I'm confused.
14:10:02 Because you said we.
14:10:03 Are you talking about code enforcement?
14:10:05 So code enforcement sometimes will send an invoice to
14:10:07 the property owner?
14:10:10 >>JAKE SLATER: If it's on the right-of-way.
14:10:13 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Right out in front of their house
14:10:15 similar to this?
14:10:17 >>JAKE SLATER: Not on the right-of-way, though.
14:10:18 >>ERNEST MUELLER: These changes are dealing with the
14:10:23 actual private property, you know, not the right-of-way
14:10:28 issues or the alley issues.
14:10:29 What we are doing here, these orders that we have been
14:10:31 talking about --
14:10:33 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I'm sorry.
14:10:35 We digress.
14:10:36 >>ERNEST MUELLER: But you want to remind these orders,
14:10:39 some have been existing, and some we have added in, are
14:10:42 all there to help Mr. Slater and his department try to
14:10:47 motivate that private property owner one last time to
14:10:50 clean up the mess, to get rid of the structure that is
14:10:56 in very bad shape or to oh stabilize that structure
14:11:00 before he has to go in and spend city moneys to do
14:11:04 So that's really what we are doing here is trying to
14:11:06 create these tools that help one last chance to
14:11:09 motivate that private property owner.
14:11:12 And if he does, if that still doesn't work and he has
14:11:15 to go in and spend city money to fix these problems,
14:11:19 then the second part of this is to streamline and make
14:11:22 more efficient the ability to try to get those costs
14:11:26 back from the private property owner.
14:11:28 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I appreciate it very much and it my
14:11:30 fault, but just to check the 19, A, B, have we called
14:11:35 these people on the phone?
14:11:36 I don't know.
14:11:37 Do we call them on the phone?
14:11:38 I don't know what the procedures are.
14:11:40 Do you send them a letter like it used to be a little
14:11:43 The old system used to be peer to peer review in the
14:11:46 city or some organization sends a petition that if you
14:11:49 don't do this by a certain date, then the following
14:11:52 thing is going to happen.
14:11:53 Then the following after that is going to happen.
14:11:54 But if I read this correctly you are cutting it down
14:11:57 from 60 to 30 and that's awful short time to call, get
14:12:01 a response, don't find no one, try to find from a
14:12:04 neighbor where they are at now.
14:12:06 I don't know.
14:12:07 I just don't know.
14:12:07 >>ERNEST MUELLER: A lot of especially the
14:12:13 abatement-type processes, before Jake would be issuing
14:12:16 any types of these orders, he will have already issued
14:12:19 notices for civil citations to that property owner,
14:12:23 giving them the 21 days to do it before a citation has
14:12:26 been issued, and then probably at that time, if they go
14:12:29 back, it's still there, the citation will be issued,
14:12:32 and if it's still there after that, and it's reaching a
14:12:36 point where the grass is very high, where there's a lot
14:12:38 of garbage there, where more garbage is coming in
14:12:41 because the property is obviously looking unmaintained
14:12:43 and unmanaged, then that's when this order would be
14:12:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I understand that.
14:12:49 We are using the word abatement like it's a normal
14:12:51 everyday thing that happens.
14:12:53 It happens but doesn't happen a hundred times a day.
14:12:55 If I am told the right thing, your rate of selling
14:12:59 these things are 87 to 90% that are completed.
14:13:03 Am I right?
14:13:04 >> Yes, sir.
14:13:06 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: So we are talking at most 13% of
14:13:08 some portion.
14:13:10 So then how do we address that portion correctly to
14:13:13 facilitate you, your department, the city and the
14:13:16 neighborhoods to make it a better place to live?
14:13:18 That's what we are looking at.
14:13:19 >>> Yes, sir, I agree.
14:13:22 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Proceed.
14:13:22 I'm sorry for the interruption.
14:13:24 I'll try to leave it to limited interruption.
14:13:26 >>> I went over all the changes and all the addition
14:13:30 was the trees and the pools.
14:13:35 If you have questions that I can answer, I will be more
14:13:37 than happy to answer any questions or any particular
14:13:40 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Just proceed right now.
14:13:42 We'll write them down so we can proceed a little more
14:13:44 >>JAKE SLATER: I don't have anything more.
14:13:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Are you finished with your
14:13:54 >>> Yes, sir.
14:13:55 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: You did better than what I thought
14:13:56 you were going to do. Only joking with you.
14:13:59 Any comments by council members at this point on what's
14:14:02 been said?
14:14:03 If not I will go to the public part for -- we can go 30
14:14:08 minutes and have ample time.
14:14:09 How do you like that?
14:14:11 Ms. Capin?
14:14:13 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Before we get to the public, Mr.
14:14:14 Slater, you went through, again, just from beginning
14:14:20 the process to where you get to this point that we are
14:14:25 looking at the 30-day.
14:14:27 When it starts, explain the process.
14:14:31 From the time that it is cited, civil, how much time?
14:14:40 I'm not sure I follow it all.
14:14:42 >>JAKE SLATER: It trash accumulation, the inspector
14:14:45 goes out, sees it, we issue a civil citation warning,
14:14:51 which we send in the mail, certified mail, give them up
14:14:55 to 21 days to correct the problem, they go back on the
14:15:01 22nd day, and they observe it.
14:15:04 And if it's not dealt with, if it's not picked up, the
14:15:08 if the grass isn't mowed, the trash isn't picked up,
14:15:12 they issue a civil citation.
14:15:14 Again, it can either be dropped off, delivered, or else
14:15:20 And then a court date is set.
14:15:26 And then after that, we could make the determination to
14:15:30 whether or not we want to abate the property then, or
14:15:35 if we want to wait some additional time.
14:15:37 But we do have the right to abate the property at that
14:15:40 time once the civil citation is written.
14:15:43 >> On the 22nd day?
14:15:47 >> On the 22nd day.
14:15:52 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Again you have a situation where they
14:15:53 went out and gave the person a warning.
14:15:55 And then they went out, and there still was no
14:15:59 So then they gave them a citation, which then requires
14:16:02 them to make an appearance in court.
14:16:04 But it only after that process that you mate want to do
14:16:09 an abatement, right?
14:16:12 >>> 21 days.
14:16:13 They go out there.
14:16:14 They observe, let's say, the high grass or trash debris
14:16:18 on the property.
14:16:20 >>YVONNE CAPIN: The first time.
14:16:21 >>> They will issue a civil citation notice saying you
14:16:24 have 21 days to cure this violation, if you don't cure
14:16:28 it, then we will be issuing a civil citation, a court
14:16:31 date, and you will have been to go see the judge.
14:16:34 So if they go there, as Jake says, the 22nd day and the
14:16:37 junk, trash debris is still there, tall grass, whatever
14:16:40 they were noticed for is still there, they will issue a
14:16:42 citation at that time.
14:16:44 They can then, if they come back at a subsequent time,
14:16:47 within a few days or week later, and the problem is
14:16:50 still there, then the department has to say, well, we
14:16:53 still haven't motivated this property owner, to cure
14:16:58 this problem.
14:16:59 Do we give them another ticket?
14:17:01 Or is it enough junk trash and debris where the
14:17:06 neighborhood, it's posing a threat to the public
14:17:08 health, safety, to whereby we feel we have to go and
14:17:11 spend city money and dot.
14:17:13 If they decide that they have got to do it, they have
14:17:15 got to act now, they will then issue what we are
14:17:18 proposing in this order to abate.
14:17:21 That order to abate will then say you have 15 days in
14:17:24 which to clean this up.
14:17:26 If you don't clean this up, the city is going to come
14:17:28 and clean it up and we are going to bill you, and there
14:17:32 will probably be an administrative charge, again
14:17:34 letting them know that they are still going to get
14:17:37 charged for this.
14:17:38 You will also tell them if you don't pay that bill,
14:17:40 then we will be liening the property.
14:17:42 And then -- and this is a.m. very important thing it
14:17:46 does -- is it gives those people the right to appeal
14:17:49 that order.
14:17:49 If they disagree with that order, they have the
14:17:51 opportunity to appeal it.
14:17:54 And they can appeal that.
14:17:55 And if they decide to appeal it we will schedule in the
14:17:58 front of the next available either special magistrate
14:18:00 or code board hearing, in order to get them there
14:18:04 within a week.
14:18:05 That appeal will happen within a week because our
14:18:07 special magistrates and code boards meet every week.
14:18:10 So we will get in the front of the next available one.
14:18:12 But the key is, every time we are trying to motivate
14:18:15 these people to take care of their property so the city
14:18:17 doesn't have to pay for it.
14:18:19 >>YVONNE CAPIN: And there's just one question.
14:18:20 In between the 22nd day and the notice to abate, is
14:18:26 there any time line, or is it up to -- in other words,
14:18:30 you have 21 days.
14:18:31 Then there's the citation with a court date.
14:18:34 And then at some point, if it's not done, the abatement
14:18:42 and 15 days to clear, is there a time between that?
14:18:46 >>> They come back after they issued that civil
14:18:48 citation at a particular time.
14:18:51 That is an operational question.
14:18:53 A neighbor's complaint will probably send them out
14:18:55 >>JAKE SLATER: If this is passed we are going to issue
14:18:59 the order to abate when we issue the citation.
14:19:03 That's what I want to do.
14:19:06 When we issue that as a civil citation to go to court,
14:19:09 we will issue the order to abate at that time.
14:19:12 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So it will be like 37 days?
14:19:16 To the end?
14:19:17 >>> yes, right.
14:19:18 >> And then at that point they can appeal.
14:19:21 >>> The plan is to issue the order to abate and issue
14:19:24 the civil citation.
14:19:27 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
14:19:30 The public portion.
14:19:31 We have a full three minutes.
14:19:43 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Who is that person?
14:19:46 >>> Tim McCray.
14:19:50 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Raise your hand. Each one is three
14:19:55 You have three minutes.
14:19:57 You have six minutes.
14:19:58 >> Fran Constantino, Ybor historic civic association.
14:20:04 Welcome new members and new legal.
14:20:07 I guess this is like starting all over again.
14:20:10 We really don't have as an association any objections
14:20:13 to you all passing this today.
14:20:15 But and we are really here to support code enforcement.
14:20:25 I sent an e-mail to Jake Slater, Kelly, all of them,
14:20:30 they immediately, immediately do what we want them to
14:20:34 I mean, they will go out, they will cite the property.
14:20:37 The problem is actually enforcement.
14:20:40 And I think if we pass this today, I would like to
14:20:42 suggest that council have another workshop.
14:20:47 We need to actually look at the time frames of all
14:20:51 There's no enforcement on this.
14:20:55 Ybor City the dumping ground of Tampa.
14:20:56 And I don't understand, if we have reported -- and we
14:21:00 don't want to be snitches.
14:21:02 What we want is for people to come into compliance.
14:21:04 We don't want to the tattle tales.
14:21:08 But we probably have the largest percentage of absentee
14:21:10 owners in east Ybor City.
14:21:13 There are houses we reported two years ago that are in
14:21:16 the exact same condition that they were, and I don't
14:21:18 understand that everybody is so afraid of this
14:21:21 I think the first abatement that I heard them do, they
14:21:26 finally demolished it.
14:21:28 But the "A" word to me is like adulterous, the
14:21:31 abatement, such a bad word here.
14:21:34 And then there's huge issues with the code enforcement
14:21:40 Being a realtor, I have seen many HUD settlement
14:21:45 statement where an absentee owner has neglect add house
14:21:49 for years.
14:21:49 There has been like 37,000, $29,000 in fines.
14:21:53 When they sell that property, if the buyer promises to
14:21:57 fix up that property within so much time, they charge
14:22:00 the seller $500 and those fees are gone.
14:22:03 So there's money that is just being out the window,
14:22:08 sale after sale after sale.
14:22:10 If the mortgagee foreclosures on it, from my
14:22:13 experience, the first mortgage holder gets their money,
14:22:15 and anything after that, second mortgage, anything
14:22:19 other than an IRS lien, they are gone.
14:22:22 There's no money there for anybody.
14:22:27 But where we are at in Ybor City as a historic
14:22:30 district, we should have double the enforcement because
14:22:33 we have the Latino out there checking on the historic
14:22:38 homes and we have code enforcement.
14:22:40 But there is no enforcement.
14:22:41 These people like to laugh at these letters and they
14:22:44 are turning into crack houses, or the police are trying
14:22:46 to help us clean up, we have rooming houses that have
14:22:49 been grandfathered in that are absolute crack holes.
14:22:54 Working with the police on one, on second Avenue and
14:22:58 23rd, which is a fabulous historic home, I believe
14:23:00 it was the Guiterra's home.
14:23:05 If I walk in and turn to the left you will find them
14:23:08 fighting over cutting up crack in that house.
14:23:11 We have an informant, I will say, from inside who has
14:23:13 given the police license numbers, car tags --
14:23:18 description of the truck, everything.
14:23:20 There's just no enforcement.
14:23:23 I need to get together with legal and with code
14:23:27 City Council needs to see what their schedule is,
14:23:29 because houses that we reported two years ago, if I
14:23:32 call back and say, okay, what is the status of this
14:23:36 house right now?
14:23:38 Answer: Understood violation.
14:23:40 And the fines keep going.
14:23:42 And the fines keep going.
14:23:43 I call historic preservation.
14:23:45 Somebody installed an illegal chain fence.
14:23:47 What's happening there?
14:23:48 Well, the fines are accumulating.
14:23:50 We have no teeth here.
14:23:53 They don't abate property.
14:23:54 We shouldn't even have to get to the point of
14:23:57 It should get to the point that, okay that is on the
14:24:00 They passed so many days.
14:24:02 Take the house back.
14:24:03 Sell it before there's even a chance that it even needs
14:24:06 to be demolished.
14:24:08 But we have had this problem -- I went back in '99.
14:24:14 We had the organization in 2002 so next year it will be
14:24:17 exactly my ten-year anniversary of fighting this same
14:24:20 issue in Ybor City with the same issues that we still
14:24:22 have today, and there is absolutely no enforcement.
14:24:25 Code enforcement is trying.
14:24:26 But then when it gets to legal, there's absolutely no
14:24:30 We have a new legal staff.
14:24:32 We have a new council.
14:24:33 And to set up something where -- the issues and the
14:24:37 problems that we have aren't in the changes they are
14:24:40 asking for today.
14:24:41 They do need to recover money.
14:24:42 But when you sell a house, that owner, that property
14:24:46 going into deterioration walks away with money, the
14:24:49 city gets $500 and the fees are waived, over and over
14:24:53 and over.
14:24:54 And it just really exasperating that we work so hard,
14:24:59 spend our thankless hours trying to clean up the
14:25:01 neighborhood, and it's all for naught.
14:25:03 I'm asking you all to please try to schedule something
14:25:06 where we can come before you in a different type
14:25:10 workshop where we can really get to the meat of the
14:25:12 nitty gritty instead of just trying to change the
14:25:18 What I have seen here doesn't really help the issues
14:25:20 that we have over there.
14:25:23 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.
14:25:25 Ms. Mulhern wanted the floor.
14:25:27 >>MARY MULHERN: I wanted an answer from Ernie or Jake
14:25:31 about that.
14:25:34 Are we waiving this when there's a sale of the house?
14:25:38 I mean, there has to be a lien?
14:25:41 At what point does lien get applied if people aren't
14:25:44 paying their fines?
14:25:46 >>ERNEST MUELLER: Assistant city attorney.
14:25:48 We are talking about a Code Enforcement Board lien,
14:25:51 yes, on the sale of that, the transfer of that property
14:25:54 one way or another.
14:25:56 It going through a title company, we will get notified,
14:26:00 and first we will require that the violations be cured.
14:26:07 Sometimes they are still active.
14:26:08 And we won't provide for a payoff or settlement of that
14:26:11 until they are -- the violations have been cured.
14:26:16 Once he have been this cured or if they are cured at
14:26:18 the time of transfer, then yes, pursuant to executive
14:26:21 order, there is a settlement of those fines, and they
14:26:25 are at a reduce cost.
14:26:29 >>MARY MULHERN: But what -- maybe Mrs. Constantino
14:26:33 could come back up.
14:26:35 I just want to understand how this is happening.
14:26:37 So that settlement, though, are we settling for $500?
14:26:43 >> It's a matrix depending on how old the violation is,
14:26:47 and whether it's homestead or nonhomesteaded property,
14:26:51 and following that matrix determines as to how much the
14:26:54 reduction is going to be.
14:26:58 >>MARY MULHERN: If the house is being sold, that's our
14:27:02 So why are we not -- why are we doing that, not asking
14:27:06 for the full amount?
14:27:11 >>> An impediment to that property transferring
14:27:14 especially if we are dealing with troubled properties
14:27:16 trying to get them into people that are going to
14:27:18 redevelop that property.
14:27:20 And the more we charge for that Code Enforcement Board
14:27:22 lien, the less chance there is of that getting
14:27:25 So there's kind of a weighing process going on.
14:27:29 I do want to say, it been brought up a couple of times.
14:27:34 Once Mr. Slater and I kind of get through this process,
14:27:37 we do want to look at the collection process and see
14:27:39 what we can do.
14:27:40 And that kind of goes to your statements, too, Mr.
14:27:43 Cohen, it's kind of our next step is to start looking
14:27:45 at the collection process and see what we can do to
14:27:48 improve it.
14:27:48 But in answer to your question, Ms. Mulhern, there is a
14:27:51 settlement but we do require that violations be cured
14:27:54 before we even consider settlement, and there is a
14:27:57 >>MARY MULHERN: It sound like we really need to look
14:28:01 at that.
14:28:01 And it may be that in east Ybor you do have people who
14:28:07 don't have a lot of money.
14:28:09 But if you are talking about an investor --
14:28:13 >> It mostly has to do, Mrs. Mulhern, with even
14:28:16 investment property.
14:28:17 But I beg to differ with Mr. Mueller.
14:28:19 There's a bar, which is reg's bar as we grew up on
14:28:24 5th and 22nd, and they don't let them cure before
14:28:32 There are still HUD settlement statement.
14:28:34 They give them, I think, two years to cure that
14:28:37 So if the new owner buys it and doesn't fix it up that
14:28:40 property is still in disarray.
14:28:42 There is no way they do not let them close until it's
14:28:45 On that HUD settlement closing statement, I have called
14:28:48 code enforcement, and I have seen figures over $20,000,
14:28:51 and on that HUD settlement statement it shows City of
14:28:53 Tampa $500.
14:28:55 And then the new owner promises, okay, I am going to
14:28:58 clean it up.
14:28:58 And if he doesn't repair it, that money is gone.
14:29:01 Time after time.
14:29:02 I can't even count the times.
14:29:04 So, really, whatever you have to pass today I'm all for
14:29:09 But we really need to get into the nitty gritty of what
14:29:13 we have been going through for ten years.
14:29:15 And I can tell you from my heart there has been no
14:29:19 drastic changes, absolutely.
14:29:20 And it gotten worse.
14:29:21 And I really feel bad.
14:29:23 It like they said.
14:29:24 You know, we are a dumping ground.
14:29:25 But truthfully, if they can identify which house the
14:29:28 dump came from, the city will go out, and God knows
14:29:33 they all know me on a first-hand basis, we are all
14:29:38 going to know each other at this point, but they will
14:29:40 bill the homeowner on their water bill.
14:29:42 Whenever they come out and they spray paint red, when
14:29:45 Jim Pickney he's office or clean city picks up that
14:29:49 trash, it is billed on the last water bill for that
14:29:52 But I think our biggest problem is we have so few owner
14:29:55 occupied that the investors could care less.
14:29:58 They know that it going to mount up and they know once
14:30:01 gets sold it's going to cost them $500.
14:30:04 They don't cure it before then.
14:30:05 >>MARY MULHERN: I think you bring up a really good
14:30:09 point, and I have been hearing about this for at least
14:30:12 four and a half years, and there are fines out there
14:30:16 like that that we are not collecting on, when there's a
14:30:19 sale, and there's a transfer that are a lot bigger than
14:30:23 what you are talking about, too, when we talk about
14:30:25 So I think it definitely worth looking into.
14:30:28 And I'll set up a meeting and we can talk about it.
14:30:31 >> There's no incentive for a private investor to own a
14:30:34 property, to fix up a property if he knows he can sell
14:30:37 it, walk away with a profit, waive $30,000, and the
14:30:44 city gets just $500.
14:30:46 In the meantime we worked with crack houses.
14:30:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
14:30:49 Next, please.
14:30:49 >> Susan Long.
14:30:54 Two things.
14:30:54 First, I wasn't going to say but now I will.
14:30:57 I totally agree.
14:31:00 We have the same issue in Seminole Heights.
14:31:05 Not just the dark corners on the interstate.
14:31:07 It's all over.
14:31:08 It just the way it is.
14:31:10 But that isn't why I came here today.
14:31:11 I came here about the hazardous tree ordinance.
14:31:15 I'll give you an example.
14:31:16 I have a tree dropping huge limbs, you can see from the
14:31:20 wind there are big holes in the tree.
14:31:22 From a laymen's perspective the tree is done but it's
14:31:26 still there.
14:31:26 The owner doesn't remove it.
14:31:28 So I call code, parks, whoever I am supposed to call,
14:31:31 and say, I want you to come over and tell me if this is
14:31:36 a hazardous tree.
14:31:37 And David Riley, the city's certified arborist says
14:31:42 absolutely, writes up a payment to have this tree, now
14:31:46 have to remove it.
14:31:47 They now have to go down to parks and rec and apply for
14:31:54 a permit.
14:31:56 Now I have to go beg them that it okay to take it down
14:31:58 and pay them several hundred dollars?
14:32:01 I suspect it's going to take more than just adding a
14:32:03 sentence in here.
14:32:04 I would like to see that once you have the city
14:32:10 certified arborist and a tree has to be removed they
14:32:13 don't have to pay $300 or whatever it is for a permit.
14:32:16 All you have to do is pay $1,000 to get it down, but
14:32:19 that notification that it's hazardous would serve as my
14:32:23 It just seems it would make at lot simpler because we
14:32:26 are going back to the same place we just left.
14:32:29 It seems like it would unburden.
14:32:31 And it's bad enough that you are know that's going to
14:32:33 happen to me the year I don't have the $1,000 to have
14:32:36 the tree taken down.
14:32:38 But that's the way the world runs.
14:32:40 Thank you.
14:32:40 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Next, please.
14:32:43 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Can I ask her a question?
14:32:49 Mrs. Long?
14:32:53 Basically, if I understood you, what you are asking is
14:32:55 when it is certified by the city arborist that it is
14:32:59 done and it needs to come down, that in itself will
14:33:03 suffice as the permit?
14:33:05 >> Yes.
14:33:06 When you say you have to take the tree down because
14:33:08 it's hazardous, and the city tells me, it seems to me
14:33:11 that that should be the permit.
14:33:13 >> Do you feel there should be a certain time?
14:33:19 >>> There's no time limit.
14:33:21 There are some people that let it stand there for three
14:33:23 years, which is exactly what this is trying to
14:33:27 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
14:33:27 >> Randy Barron, west Comanche.
14:33:32 And that's what I was going to say.
14:33:34 It should act as a permit.
14:33:36 You have to be careful, there.
14:33:37 You want to make sure the people don't have incentive
14:33:41 to wait to get the citation, and now I have waived my
14:33:44 $300 fee.
14:33:45 It's a little tricky there.
14:33:46 But what this is meant to address is my neighbor whose
14:33:49 tree is about to fall on my house and I want to make
14:33:52 sure that tree comes down, and I can't do anything with
14:33:54 code enforcement can't do anything, at least understood
14:33:58 their particular powers.
14:33:59 So that just saves two minutes of my speech.
14:34:03 The other thing I wanted to say is code enforcement is
14:34:07 understaffed, overworked.
14:34:08 It one of the most thankless departments in the city.
14:34:11 They need tools.
14:34:13 We need for them to have tools in order to clean up
14:34:16 this city.
14:34:17 That being said, I just want to make sure when we are
14:34:20 looking at some of the language that we don't give them
14:34:22 overly broad tools, you know, statements like otherwise
14:34:25 fail to comply with the standard established by this
14:34:28 That to me is a it bit overly broad.
14:34:30 So you may want to just look at some of the language in
14:34:33 here that may grant too broad of a power.
14:34:40 Not to Jake, because Jake runs this department
14:34:43 But when you look at language that's going to last
14:34:46 forever or until you all change it again.
14:34:48 One last thing.
14:34:49 I know this isn't about this particular change but when
14:34:52 Mr. Miranda brought up about the alleys, as someone
14:34:54 whose garage has six feet between the end of the garage
14:34:57 and the alley, I woke up the other day to find part of
14:35:00 a tree stump that looks to be like a grand tree stump
14:35:03 that was dumped there.
14:35:04 This is like the 15th that had been dumped there.
14:35:08 We really need to address the alley situations.
14:35:10 Sometimes I pay, sometimes I just call up solid waste
14:35:13 and had it removed.
14:35:15 I have had crouches, refrigerators, now the double
14:35:18 whammy, not only is it dumping but it's dumping of what
14:35:21 looks to be an illegal tree cut.
14:35:23 So I think I'm looking forward to when Jake and Ernie
14:35:27 come back with this because we really need to address
14:35:30 the issues with the dumping in the alleys.
14:35:32 Thank you.
14:35:33 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Next, please.
14:35:33 >> Margaret Vizzi, 213 South Sherrill, speaking to
14:35:45 T.H.A.N. again this afternoon.
14:35:47 T.H.A.N. did hear the presentation by Mr. Slater, and
14:35:50 had no concerns.
14:35:55 We fully supported what we heard the evening that it
14:35:58 was presented.
14:36:00 Some of the issues, though, that have been brought up
14:36:03 as far as the alleys, you know, years ago, I know with
14:36:06 our alley, the city went through -- there was a fence
14:36:15 put on each so you didn't have this so maybe it's time
14:36:18 for the city to go back, investigate alleys that aren't
14:36:21 being used and close them.
14:36:24 As far as the tree issue, it is a huge expense, and
14:36:29 doing away with that additional permit may be should be
14:36:36 some cost to come out, I don't know, because that is a
14:36:39 But some of these issues that were brought up, I hope,
14:36:42 will be addressed.
14:36:43 But as far as code enforcement and making it more
14:36:46 difficult for these code enforcement problems to
14:36:49 continue has been an issue from the Tampa homeowners,
14:36:53 George Bartholomew, who was on the forming committee
14:36:57 for T.H.A.N., which was in 1988, had been talking about
14:37:02 this, has been deceased now for at least, I would say,
14:37:05 ten years, and he has gone over it and over and over.
14:37:10 So this would be almost tribute to George to get code
14:37:15 enforcement solved because it's been a problem for a
14:37:18 long time.
14:37:19 Thank you.
14:37:20 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you.
14:37:20 Next, please.
14:37:25 >>> Martha Jean Lorenzo, 3612 West Cleveland street,
14:37:33 here this afternoon really as a personal representative
14:37:36 for my neighborhood, Bon Air.
14:37:38 One of the officers.
14:37:38 And I'm here to encourage you as strongly as possible
14:37:42 to give the utmost consideration to whatever Mr. Slater
14:37:51 As someone said, make a phone call to anyone in code,
14:37:54 in particular to Mr. Slater, and he will drive out
14:37:58 almost within an hour, set you up with the right
14:38:02 inspector, ask all the right questions.
14:38:08 Fortunately in our neighborhood, we have almost no
14:38:11 So things are a little easier for us.
14:38:15 But, nevertheless, we did have an issue that went on
14:38:20 for several years right behind my home.
14:38:22 The house is finally demolished.
14:38:24 Thanks to Mr. Slater's being a hand-on kind of
14:38:30 So I know that I respect Randy Baron.
14:38:35 He's a lot more intelligent than me and has tweaked
14:38:38 more correct language.
14:38:39 And my purpose here today is to tell you that we know
14:38:41 the code needs more teeth, because I listen to issues
14:38:45 all over the city.
14:38:46 But on behalf of the neighborhood, we really think, you
14:38:50 know, been there many, many years, and I heard many
14:38:55 complaints and many old stories.
14:38:56 But he's put a new twist on things.
14:39:01 I hope that in your wisdom you will trust him.
14:39:04 Thank you.
14:39:06 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Next, please.
14:39:07 >>STEVE MICHELINI: I have a couple of comments.
14:39:11 And most of the people brought before the code board
14:39:16 are not malicious and they are not doing things
14:39:18 deliberately to harm the city.
14:39:20 And I know there may be a perception a lot of these
14:39:22 properties are owned by investors, but the ones that I
14:39:25 see are not investor properties.
14:39:28 They are single individual property owners who are very
14:39:31 confused and need help.
14:39:35 They are usually poor.
14:39:36 They are usually not as well educated as some of the
14:39:39 folks that have investment properties, that hire
14:39:41 attorneys and representatives.
14:39:43 And they do get stuck.
14:39:45 And they do need help.
14:39:47 One of things I was going to ask you to advocate is if
14:39:50 a tree is declared hazardous, that as Susan Long
14:39:56 pointed out to you that that certification is being
14:39:58 issued by the city arborist.
14:40:00 That certification should exempt you from having to go
14:40:03 to the Barrio Latino commission, or from going to the
14:40:06 ARC or from going to the Variance Review Board for a
14:40:09 variance to remove that tree.
14:40:11 You ought to be able to take that piece of paper, call
14:40:14 up your tree service and take it down.
14:40:16 A grand tree will cost you about $3,000 to remove.
14:40:19 It's not cheap.
14:40:21 But if you make them also go through a variance review
14:40:24 board process or some other process, you have added
14:40:27 another $2 or $3,000 onto the expense and you have
14:40:30 probably added at least 60 to 90 days.
14:40:37 And the city is going to have the same problem.
14:40:39 A lot of these trees, as the chairman pointed out, are
14:40:41 on the right-of-way.
14:40:42 The city should be in the same obligation to remove
14:40:44 those trees that are hazardous as any other property
14:40:50 Those trees endanger the property lines, the power
14:40:53 lines, and they fall in the street.
14:40:55 And we have had them in my neighborhood whereby they
14:40:57 have fallen in the street and they sat there for at
14:41:00 least for a day until I got ahold of IRV Lee who got in
14:41:07 touch with Parks Department.
14:41:08 But it blocked the whole street.
14:41:12 There used to be a process called a special purpose
14:41:15 inspection permit.
14:41:18 That permit was issued when a citation was issued, and
14:41:22 you were told to correct a building issue that was not
14:41:26 in compliance.
14:41:27 That permit allowed the city building inspector to go
14:41:30 and tell the property owner what they needed to do
14:41:33 without going through and having the time involved in
14:41:37 getting engineering plans, and also the time involved
14:41:40 in submitting plans for permitting.
14:41:43 Those inspectors told them what they had to do.
14:41:45 The contractor was issued a permit.
14:41:48 The construction was done.
14:41:49 And then they were finaled out.
14:41:51 And that also will help to streamline this process.
14:41:56 You know, there are some other things in here.
14:41:58 If an inspector is identifying a problem, they ought to
14:42:01 help in identifying a solution, and working toward the
14:42:04 solution, not sticking them further deeper in mud in
14:42:10 the city process.
14:42:11 It is a complicated process.
14:42:12 And I noticed some of the other folks that spoke before
14:42:16 about saying the process doesn't move fast enough.
14:42:18 The remedies to correct these citations take time.
14:42:22 And frequently, you are in the process of remedying a
14:42:26 problem while fines are running.
14:42:28 So there may be this expectation the city is losing
14:42:31 thousands and thousands of dollars, but that's not the
14:42:34 The property owners are working toward resolution of
14:42:37 this issue.
14:42:38 Whatever it is.
14:42:39 And it takes zoning time.
14:42:41 If you are required to get a zoning interpretation
14:42:43 letter to solve the problem, you spend another $500.
14:42:47 (Bell sounds)
14:42:48 Those fees should not be accruing to the property
14:42:52 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
14:42:53 Anyone else who has not spoken who would care to speak?
14:43:02 Jake, any final comments?
14:43:07 >>JAKE SLATER: Thank you for your time and your
14:43:09 involvement in code enforcement.
14:43:13 I always say when I go into work, you are kind of
14:43:18 damned if you do and damned if you don't.
14:43:20 We have 24 inspectors, serving 34,000 people, and we
14:43:25 are trying to do the best job as possible, working with
14:43:30 the overall groups and the citizens.
14:43:33 And I want to thank the people who came up this
14:43:36 afternoon, too.
14:43:40 Anything more we can do, please Lotus No. we are open
14:43:42 for any type of suggestions.
14:43:46 Thank you.
14:43:46 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
14:43:47 We got the new clean-out version or somewhat cleaned
14:43:51 out completely.
14:43:52 But it's not numbered to correlate with the old one.
14:43:57 The old one understood C-3-C is the one that gave me
14:44:02 heartburn but it's not there in the new one.
14:44:04 So I appreciate that very much.
14:44:07 What's the direction?
14:44:08 >>MARTIN SHELBY: I'm sorry, if I could just have a
14:44:10 I believe what you have here is not all of chapter 19.
14:44:14 Is that correct?
14:44:15 So if it's not on here but it's still existing in the
14:44:18 code, does that mean that it still is on the books?
14:44:23 >>ERNEST MUELLER: That's correct.
14:44:24 The only changes being proposed that we are looking for
14:44:26 direction are is what has been presented to you.
14:44:29 It will either be additions which are underlined or
14:44:32 strike throughs, other sections that are not addressed
14:44:35 here obviously will remain the same.
14:44:38 >>MARY MULHERN: Yes, I wanted to ask if we could --
14:44:48 maybe a motion to -- actually, first I would like to
14:44:54 hear from you about adding the -- having the notice --
14:44:59 the citation, about the hazardous tree, if we could
14:45:02 turn that into a permit, as Ms. Long suggested.
14:45:06 >>ERNEST MUELLER: I think it's an interesting
14:45:09 I think it needs to be looked at and I think those
14:45:11 would be changes not here but in chapter 13, the tree
14:45:16 code actually.
14:45:17 I think what would probably be the better place for
14:45:19 those changes to be made rather than in chapter 19.
14:45:23 But I think certainly we can look at that.
14:45:26 >>MARY MULHERN: Maybe when you come back with this you
14:45:31 could have some advice and pass along to land
14:45:36 development, I guess, if that's where it shush.
14:45:38 >>ERNEST MUELLER: That or the Parks Department.
14:45:41 Grand trees, we are going to have to deal with the
14:45:43 Parks Department, we are dealing with protected trees,
14:45:46 I think we have to deal with both Parks Department and
14:45:51 land also.
14:45:55 >>MARY MULHERN: But the notice is coming from the --
14:45:59 >>JIM SHIMBERG: If you ask to move forward with these
14:46:00 changes, had could you also ask administration, I
14:46:03 guess, to come back with a report on what changes would
14:46:05 be necessary to accomplish the suggestions that Ms.
14:46:09 Long made.
14:46:09 >>MARY MULHERN: I think that one sounded like a simple
14:46:14 thing to do.
14:46:16 So hopefully --
14:46:21 >>ERNEST MUELLER: It sound reasonable but --
14:46:27 >>MARY MULHERN: Right, nothing is simple.
14:46:29 But, okay, I think you -- I would ask that they come
14:46:35 back with a report on that. But we did hear a lot of
14:46:37 other recommendations relating to the changes in
14:46:42 chapter 19.
14:46:43 So, you know, we would like a report, maybe an answer
14:46:47 to the questions we heard from the public today, at the
14:46:54 next meeting.
14:46:55 And, now.
14:47:02 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: She's asking for an answer.
14:47:05 >>JIM SHIMBERG: I think she's asking us to come back
14:47:07 with possibly a response to some of comment made.
14:47:09 >>MARY MULHERN: Yeah, right.
14:47:10 So maybe, I don't know, 60 days or something come back
14:47:13 with some responses to specifically to the problems
14:47:19 with the collection at the transfer of property, the
14:47:22 enforcement of the violations.
14:47:30 >>JIM SHIMBERG: We could come back with a more specific
14:47:31 report on that, because I know there was an executive
14:47:34 order that was, I guess, put out sometime in the mid
14:47:37 2000s by the prior behavior that developed the sliding
14:47:43 scale that Ernie was referring to and we could take
14:47:46 another look and that, and also whether those were
14:47:52 there are some circumstances where you might agree with
14:47:54 a new property owner in exchange for reduction and a
14:47:58 fine, they are going to agree to correct certain
14:48:00 things, and if not the fines would remain on the
14:48:02 So we can come back with a report on that.
14:48:04 >>MARY MULHERN: Yeah, a report on that.
14:48:06 So it was an executive order from --
14:48:12 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Mayor Iorio.
14:48:15 >>MARY MULHERN: Mayor Iorio.
14:48:17 >>JIM SHIMBERG: And they instructed that department,
14:48:21 certain cases at a certain scale schedule whether it
14:48:25 was owner occupied, different factors.
14:48:27 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay.
14:48:30 >>JIM SHIMBERG: And operating understood that for a
14:48:31 number of years.
14:48:32 >>MARY MULHERN: Right.
14:48:33 But that's something that we could look at.
14:48:36 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Sure.
14:48:36 >>MARY MULHERN: We could rewrite that.
14:48:39 So, yes, if you could give us a recommendation on that,
14:48:43 to hear from Ernie and Jake about -- in real world, do
14:48:47 you think we could be strictly enforcing this in maybe
14:48:52 we just need to change the scale.
14:48:56 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Also Mr. Cohen's comment about looking
14:48:57 into the collection agency that the state uses.
14:49:01 We can also report back on that.
14:49:04 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Ms. Capin?
14:49:06 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
14:49:07 The collection agency, the report on the sliding scale
14:49:11 Because that's what we are looking at, right?
14:49:13 And then is this all under chapter 13?
14:49:18 You mentioned chapter 13.
14:49:24 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Chapter 13 is the tree issue.
14:49:27 >>YVONNE CAPIN: The other question, is there a charge
14:49:28 for the arborist to come out?
14:49:34 >>JIM SHIMBERG: No.
14:49:35 If there's a complaint.
14:49:40 That's basically what we would use.
14:49:43 Certified arborist.
14:49:45 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So that could be a possibility to look
14:49:47 >>> I don't know that answer.
14:49:53 >>JIM SHIMBERG: This is based upon a complaint about a
14:49:55 particular tree like a neighbor would say this tree in
14:49:57 my neighbor's yard looks like it's about to fall on my
14:50:01 They inspect it and say, yes, it is a hazardous tree.
14:50:04 The comment today was, should that eventually act as
14:50:08 your permit?
14:50:08 You have to go through a separate process to have the
14:50:12 city again say if it's hazardous, time should be of the
14:50:16 essence in that situation.
14:50:19 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I understand.
14:50:20 I'm the one that was trying to clarify that.
14:50:28 That would be doing -- looking at the trees, looking at
14:50:33 the report from the sliding scale schedule, and the
14:50:37 collection agency.
14:50:41 So those three reports, or three different --
14:50:46 >>JIM SHIMBERG: We could report back on those three
14:50:48 issues, and then you can decide now if you want to move
14:50:50 forward with these changes and schedule those.
14:50:55 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me just say one thing.
14:50:56 The ultimate goal, and I was told years back in code
14:50:59 enforcement, was to bring the property into compliance.
14:51:04 Fees became secondary to compliance.
14:51:06 Because if stays stalemated the city doesn't get
14:51:10 anything, the neighborhood doesn't gain, nobody gains,
14:51:13 and it is just the way it is, an eyesore.
14:51:16 So that's why we have the sliding scale.
14:51:19 If you can work something out between the property
14:51:21 owner who is buying who had nothing to do with it to
14:51:23 make it an enhancement and work things out, and the
14:51:26 majority of the time it works out.
14:51:27 Not all the time but it works out.
14:51:29 So therefore what's the pleasure of the council to move
14:51:33 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay, I was starting to make a motion,
14:51:35 then I was told it was a different chapter.
14:51:37 But between those three things that between
14:51:41 Councilwoman Capin and I brought up, if we could put
14:51:45 that on there, or I could make a separate motion for
14:51:47 the tree if you wanted.
14:51:50 But that's a motion.
14:51:51 But I do want to respond to say one thing to what you
14:51:55 are saying, Councilman Miranda, because what Ms.
14:51:59 Constantino was talking about was compliance and the
14:52:02 fact that people are not complying because the fines
14:52:04 aren't being enforced.
14:52:06 So if they know that they can get away with not
14:52:09 complying, you know, and that sliding scale is allowing
14:52:15 them to get away with not fixing it --
14:52:20 >>JIM SHIMBERG: We can report on that and come back.
14:52:23 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Please state your motion for the
14:52:24 clerk so she can have accurately.
14:52:25 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay.
14:52:26 My motion is that in 60 days, whatever date that would
14:52:32 be, in a couple months, so we could do it in September.
14:52:42 August or September.
14:52:47 How about August 4?
14:52:49 Come back with staff report on, one, changing the grand
14:52:57 tree notification, I don't know if it's a citation they
14:53:02 Is that what they got?
14:53:03 If they have a hazardous tree?
14:53:06 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Determination that --
14:53:08 >>MARY MULHERN: Determination making that as the
14:53:12 actual permit to have the tree removed or trimmed or
14:53:16 Also, to report to us on the possibility of Mr. Cohen's
14:53:20 suggestion of employing a collection agency for code
14:53:26 And a third thing was to talk about the schedule of --
14:53:34 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Review that.
14:53:37 >>MARY MULHERN: Schedule of fines that can transfer a
14:53:39 property point.
14:53:43 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mrs. Mulhern.
14:53:44 Seconded by Mrs. Capin.
14:53:46 All in favor?
14:53:50 The Ayes have it unanimously.
14:53:51 That's for August 4th.
14:53:52 >>MARTIN SHELBY: I'm sorry, Mr. Chairman, but I think
14:53:55 it would be useful for council, obviously, when you
14:53:57 make that report and provide the backup materials to
14:53:59 include that executive order so they see what is
14:54:01 presently in existence.
14:54:05 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Correct.
14:54:05 And whether they recommend any changes.
14:54:09 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: All right.
14:54:09 Any further discussion on this item?
14:54:15 >>> Are we going to have a motion on this?
14:54:17 >> (off microphone) I will make a motion to direct
14:54:27 legal -- on provision today's.
14:54:33 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Second by Mrs. Capin.
14:54:35 I want to indicate that these general provisions were
14:54:38 just received at the time I sat down here today, that I
14:54:40 have not read them.
14:54:44 I'm just saying it oh it record.
14:54:45 That what I had and what came in is two different
14:54:48 Am I correct?
14:54:49 >>ERNEST MUELLER: What we provided today is the last
14:54:54 set of changes that we made regarding input that we
14:54:57 So if you were to ask us to go forward, we would put
14:55:01 through these changes.
14:55:03 That's what would go --
14:55:06 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I'm asking you, did this council
14:55:08 have any time at all to read them or did they find them
14:55:10 when they came to sit down today?
14:55:14 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Has anything changed from earlier?
14:55:17 >>ERNEST MUELLER: Well, some of the changes you see --
14:55:23 12347 just answer whether we see them when we came in
14:55:27 today for the first time?
14:55:28 Yes or no?
14:55:30 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Is it any different than what was shown
14:55:32 this week?
14:55:33 >>ERNEST MUELLER: From the time we met with each one
14:55:34 of you there has been some changes, some things on the
14:55:37 input that you guys provided.
14:55:39 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: So no council member in essence has
14:55:41 seen these changes until they came in today?
14:55:44 >>ERNEST MUELLER: I believe Mr. Cohen, which is the
14:55:46 last one, and Mr. Reddick have seen.
14:55:51 >> Jake went through them.
14:55:55 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: But there were things that were
14:55:56 deleted that are not here in this original so this is
14:55:58 not the original true copy?
14:56:00 >>ERNEST MUELLER: This is not the copy that you saw,
14:56:02 Mr. Miranda, when we saw you because we made changes.
14:56:05 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I said in the past I was going to
14:56:06 get very strict with these things.
14:56:09 I want these to council 48 hours before and anything
14:56:12 shown in the video by the clerk's office 48 hours
14:56:14 before in the room so that everybody was on the same
14:56:18 Am I will correct?
14:56:19 >>ERNEST MUELLER: I would assume so, yes.
14:56:22 I mean, I --
14:56:25 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mrs. Mulhern?
14:56:27 >>MARY MULHERN: I was going to ask when you would want
14:56:29 to feel comfortable coming back with this, or if you
14:56:32 want to advise that we would have enough time before
14:56:37 they come back.
14:56:38 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Not before we come back.
14:56:39 It's August 4th.
14:56:42 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Yes, August 4 is the first meeting.
14:56:44 >>MARY MULHERN: That's my motion.
14:56:46 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: A motion -- huh?
14:56:49 >>MARY MULHERN: My motion is to direct legal to come
14:56:52 back with an ordinance with these general provisions on
14:56:58 August 4th.
14:57:05 And obviously you would be meeting with us before then,
14:57:07 to make sure that we have it, I would say a week in
14:57:12 advance, the draft ordinance.
14:57:19 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me see if I understood what you
14:57:21 You are going to have the ordinance prepared for August
14:57:23 4 but you want the legal department to address each
14:57:25 council member a week before August 4?
14:57:28 >>MARY MULHERN: I would say to try to correct the
14:57:30 problem that you pointed out that we didn't have
14:57:33 this -- this language 48 hours ahead.
14:57:39 But if we ask for having the ordinance in writing, a
14:57:42 draft ordinance prepared, and council has it a week
14:57:46 before the August 1st meeting, we would have time
14:57:49 to review it.
14:57:55 >>JIM SHIMBERG: And I apologize for any confusion.
14:57:57 One minor clarification.
14:57:59 If you look at the second painful on C, there was a
14:58:01 provision there that caused some concern when some of
14:58:03 the discussions were had with certain council members,
14:58:06 it looked like they weren't sure what we were doing and
14:58:08 whether we were creating too much power and going on
14:58:10 people's property.
14:58:11 And so what they did was they just struck that whole
14:58:14 section out.
14:58:16 That's an example of the kind of changes that were made
14:58:18 after discussing it with council.
14:58:19 So I'm sorry if he --
14:58:27 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Well, on this new one than we got
14:58:29 when we came in, I can't identify, there's I not
14:58:35 numbered like the other ones.
14:58:36 So there's a lot of things we could do and that we
14:58:39 didn't do and I'm not blame no one.
14:58:41 >>MARY MULHERN: Page number?
14:58:44 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Shim it has page numbers.
14:58:46 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Mr. Shimberg, you just mentioned
14:58:48 section C on the second page.
14:58:52 The one that's in front of council today.
14:58:53 >>JIM SHIMBERG: 19.4-C.
14:58:55 >> I told him to take out.
14:59:03 >>JIM SHIMBERG: That's been struck out.
14:59:04 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: That's all deleted.
14:59:06 >>JIM SHIMBERG: Prior there were changes made to the
14:59:08 section instead of just striking through the whole
14:59:10 And that's an example.
14:59:15 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Anything that has a line through it
14:59:16 has been deleted.
14:59:17 I understand.
14:59:18 Anything else?
14:59:19 I have a motion made by Ms. Mulhern, second by Mr.
14:59:25 All in favor?
14:59:26 The ayes have it unanimously.
14:59:28 Anything else to come before this council today?
14:59:32 I need a motion to receive and file all the documents.
14:59:36 I need a motion for the file.
14:59:39 I have a motion by Mrs. Mulhern, seconded by Mrs.
14:59:44 All in favor of the motion?
14:59:47 The Ayes have it unanimously.
14:59:48 We go right to left with new business Mr. Suarez.
14:59:50 >>MIKE SUAREZ: No new business.
14:59:53 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Reddick.
14:59:54 >>FRANK REDDICK: Yes.
14:59:58 Before you get out of here, under new business, I want
15:00:01 to ask legal to if they can provide an update at the
15:00:08 July 14 meeting on the status report, the legal status
15:00:13 report of the former police captain Marion Lewis case,
15:00:19 as well as the -- the current cost analysis that goes
15:00:25 with that pending issue.
15:00:31 And costs associated with the case.
15:00:33 >>MARY MULHERN: Seconded by Mrs. Mulhern.
15:00:38 All in favor?
15:00:39 The ayes have it unanimously.
15:00:40 Anything else, sir?
15:00:42 >>FRANK REDDICK: No, sir.
15:00:43 >> Ms. Mulhern?
15:00:45 >>MARY MULHERN: Actually, I wanted to ask Councilman
15:00:50 Reddick if anyone else heard about this.
15:00:53 But the question of the city pools and which ones were
15:00:56 going to be open.
15:00:57 Has anyone heard?
15:00:58 Okay, I would like to ask parks and recreation, Ms.
15:01:04 Palus, to report to us on the status of the city pools
15:01:09 and which ones, what will be open this summer, and what
15:01:14 repairs are needed and the cost to repairs, where ware
15:01:18 with the repairs.
15:01:20 City pools.
15:01:23 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: There's Williams pool, Interbay
15:01:25 pool, and I think an article in the paper of the Roy
15:01:27 Jenkins pool, the progress coming along.
15:01:29 Motion by Mrs. Mulhern.
15:01:31 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Date for that, please?
15:01:34 >>MARY MULHERN: I would like to hear next week.
15:01:36 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mrs. Mulhern for
15:01:38 next week under staff reports.
15:01:41 Seconded by Mr. Reddick on all the pools in the City of
15:01:45 Tampa that need addressing.
15:01:46 All in favor?
15:01:48 The ayes have it unanimously.
15:01:49 Anything else, ma'am?
15:01:50 >>MARY MULHERN: That's it for me.
15:01:53 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen?
15:01:54 >>MIKE COHEN: I have one item, Mr. Chair.
15:01:57 Our agendas are getting awfully full.
15:02:00 And I wondered if -- I would like to make a motion to
15:02:04 ask the chair to review the agendas and see whether or
15:02:07 not some changes can be made of some of the things that
15:02:10 we have scheduled that maybe can be moved around,
15:02:14 because I know there's a lot of concern that some of
15:02:16 our upcoming meetings, we have way too much scheduled
15:02:20 than to be able to get through it all and give it the
15:02:24 time that it needs.
15:02:26 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I appreciate very much.
15:02:27 The first time I have heard this since it was changed,
15:02:31 it was changed for many years.
15:02:32 There was a council meeting every week, and then we
15:02:35 worked the additionals into the council meeting.
15:02:37 Now we specifically set aside every other week for
15:02:40 council meeting, and every other week for other things
15:02:44 like CRA.
15:02:45 And what's happening is that they are getting longer
15:02:47 and longer because the workload is more and more.
15:02:50 So I'm not opposed to reviewing those things.
15:02:54 I have a motion by Mr. Cohen, second by Mr. Reddick.
15:02:57 Any further discussion?
15:03:01 >>MARY MULHERN: Our council meetings have gotten
15:03:03 shorter and shorter, but have become longer and longer.
15:03:08 They typically were all day for the last several years,
15:03:11 and I think mostly because of the downturn in the
15:03:13 economy, there's so much less changes going on with
15:03:17 zoning and land use, but we haven't had as many.
15:03:20 But I think also they are getting really full right now
15:03:22 because of the vacation and the budget coming up.
15:03:26 So I think it would be great if you looked at next
15:03:28 week's especially because it is going to be.
15:03:36 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Motion.
15:03:36 Mrs. Montelione?
15:03:38 >>LISA MONTELIONE: This has to do with that motion,
15:03:40 because I am fully appreciative of Councilman Cohen's
15:03:46 Specifically on the 28th, we have the 9 a.m.
15:03:49 presentation of the budget, the commendations, and then
15:03:53 all the candidates for interviews for the various
15:03:56 boards, and Planning Commission, I understand we have
15:03:59 eleven individuals.
15:04:01 Hole have applied.
15:04:02 So if we can reschedule perhaps maybe just the
15:04:07 interviews for the afternoon, that would be helpful.
15:04:13 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I will review it if it passes.
15:04:15 Seconded by Mr. Reddick.
15:04:16 All in favor of the motion?
15:04:19 The Ayes have it unanimously.
15:04:20 Anything else, Mr. Cohen?
15:04:22 Mrs. Montelione?
15:04:23 >>LISA MONTELIONE: None for me.
15:04:26 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Anything else to come before this
15:04:29 We stand adjourned.
15:04:32 (City Council meeting adjourned)
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